DIFF 2011 Video Interview: BEAUTIFUL BOY writer/director Shawn Ku, co-writer Michael Armbruster, and producer Lee Clay

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 11th, 2011

School shootings are a horrific tragedy that are regrettableably a reality in today's culture. Yet, few films address the issue, directly or indirectly. Even fewer do it with such poignancy and beauty in the way that BEAUTIFUL BOY does. The feature-length debut from writer/director Shawn Ku, the film stars Michael Sheen and Maria Bello as two parents trying to make sense out of the senseless violence committed by their son (Kyle Gallner) against his fellow university students and ultimately himself. At the heart of it, it's a story of two people struggling to rediscover each other after they are torn even farther apart even more than they once were.

I sat down with Ku, along with co-writer Michael Armbruster and Dallas-born producer Lee Clay to discuss the intricacies and layers of their film, which screened at this year's Dallas International Film Festival.

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  • Joyee

    Shawn Ku and Michael Armbruster have come up with a phenomenal story that ought to be told over and over again…by taking away the credit, the shine from an otherwise sensational, media-hogging incident Shawn has shown immense maturity for his years.
    While maintaining the intensity of drama in the background, to be able to bring a dying relationship to life in such simple, raw, realistic way is a remarkable feat. It’s finding therapy, inspiration, hope, life, love all in one movie. And I am sure for many, its gonna be about being finally ‘understood’

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