Honey Boy, Advance Screening + Q&A with Daniela Lundberg
- Tue Oct 29
Run Time: 93 min. Format: Digital
When Amazon Films snapped up Honey Boy at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the buzz started to swirl about the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama inspired by Shia LaBeouf’s stormy relationship with stardom — and his abusive father. The film earned a standing ovation and admirable reviews, particularly for Labeouf’s performance as his own father and for Noah Jupe’s star turn as a child actor on the rise.
“It’s strange to fetishize your pain and make a product out of it,” LaBeouf said following the film’s premiere in August. “And you feel guilty about that. It felt very selfish. This whole thing felt very selfish. I never went into this thinking, ‘Oh let me f—ing help people.’ That wasn’t my goal. I was falling apart.”
Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg will join Bedford Playhouse for an audience conversation and Q&A after the film. Daniela is the Founder of Stay Gold Features, a New York based film finance and production company. With over 25 features under her belt, Daniela is always drawn to mission-driven films that push boundaries, including titles like The Kids Are All Right, and Beasts of No Nation. She is continuing that work through Stay Gold with ambitious films like the upcoming Harriet and Honey Boy. Named to Variety’s 2017 Women’s Impact Report, Lundberg is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as of YPO (Young President’s Organization).
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.
Honey Boy co-stars Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, and Clifton Collins Jr.
[left to right: Lucas Hedges, Shia LaBeouf, Daniela Lundberg]
“I’ve never seen a film quite like Honey Boy” – Collider
“Nothing short of miraculous” — The Wrap
“A cinematic act of courage” – RogerEbert.com