Short Term 12 with Destin Cretton

Short Term 12 was the toast of this year’s South by Southwest festival, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Written and directed by Destin Cretton, the film follows Grace, a 20-something supervisor at a foster-care facility, her colleagues and the at-risk teens in their charge as they deal with their difficult pasts and the arrival of a gifted but troubled teenage girl.

A talented filmmaker, Destin has succeeded in making a film that is not only moving, but also complex, dark, heartwarming and funny. In fact, Short Term 12 is one of my favourite films of 2013.

With Short Term 12 in UK cinemas on 1st November, Flicks And The City sat down with Destin to find out more about his second feature film.

Check out our video to see Destin talk about his first day working at a foster-care facility for teens, how working there affected him, humorous experiences during his two years at the facility, how much of the film is based on his own experiences, his social worker sister’s reaction to the film, writing from a female perspective for the first time, why he identified most with Brie Larson’s character Grace, why he’d like to be more like Grace’s long-term boyfriend and colleague Mason, how good he is at reading people, how he’s looking forward to working on The Glass Castle with Jennifer Lawrence, and the latest script he’s working on:

Watch the trailer for Short Term 12:

Short Term 12 is in UK cinemas on 1st November 2013.