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FROM SLACKERS TO SUNDANCE Richard Linklater's career to date

July 6, 2014

1960 Born in Houston, Texas.

1967 Linklater's parents separate; moves to Huntsville, Texas - a small, working-class town of population 40,000 - with his mother.

1980 Receives baseball scholarship to Sam Houston State University, where his mother also teaches.

1982 Suspends college studies to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Begins to develop an interest in film shortly after.

1985 Founds the Austin Film Society with cinematographer and frequent collaborator Lee Daniel as a means of exhibiting independent, experimental and otherwise under-represented film-making in the area.

1988 Releases first feature film, It's Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books. The feature, shot on Super 8 film, inaugurates some of Linklater's film-making hallmarks, including non-formulaic narratives and static camerawork.

1991 Linklater's first commercial success, Slacker, is released. The plotless film, which depicts a day in the life of a group of teenage misfits, is shot on a budget of just $23,000 but goes on to gross more than $1.25m.

1995 First instalment of the Before trilogy, Before Sunrise, is released. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (pictured) as a young couple who meet and get to know each other over the course of a single evening in Vienna.

2002 Begins the 4,207-day shoot for what would become Boyhood

2003 Scores first major Hollywood studio hit with School of Rock, starring Jack Black as a hapless rock singer-cum-substitute teacher who finds an unlikely group of musical accomplices in a class of fifth-graders.

2005 Nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Before Sunset, released the previous year.

2009 Period drama Me and Orson Welles is released.

2014 Boyhood premieres at Sundance. Linklater subsequently wins best director at the Berlin film festival. Sam Cleeve

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Source: Observer (UK)

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