Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy is a beautifully complex story based on Shia LaBeouf’s experience as a child actor.
Shia LaBeouf is as complex a public figure as they come. The 33-year-old celebrity, whose career jumpstarted as a child actor on Even Stevens and went on to span a host of Michael Bay movies and other Hollywood fare, has been at the center of many scandals over the years, including drunk driving accidents and arrests for belligerent behavior and possession of drugs.
At one point, it seemed as if LaBeouf’s trail of infamy might eclipse his acting career altogether. Then, he was court-ordered to attend rehab. While seeking treatment for PTSD, LaBeouf wrote the script for Honey Boy, a semi-autobiographical account of his traumatic childhood. The Amazon Studios film heralds a new chapter for LaBeouf. It is evidence of serious, clear-eyed self-reflection—the kind that can only be produced by an artist who has stared his demons in the face.
“Natasha [Braier, the DP] created very complicated setups of lighting that she could operate in real-time.”
Source: No Film School