We first caught First Reformed back at the Toronto International Film Festival last Autumn, though it’s a film we haven’t quite yet shaken off since. The profound, compelling drama stars Ethan Hawke in the leading role, and to celebrate the film’s release (finally!) we caught up with the esteemed actor in London.

He discussed the film’s narrative, and the way it scrutinises over the religion versus science debate. He talks about how the dialogue-heavy film felt akin to a stage play, and how much space he had to explore this character, given the internalised conflict he is battling with. He also talks about working with director Paul Schrader, his own career choices, and the future of the ‘Before’ franchise.

Watch the full interview with Ethan Hawke here:

He wasn’t the only person we met to discuss this film either, for in Toronto we had the glorious opportunity to spend some time with Schrader, and one of the film’s key figures, Cedric the Entertainer.

The pair, who we interviewed in a coffee shop, speak about working with Ethan Hawke, who they both believe to be a truly special talent. Schrader also speaks about how eclectic his film catalogue is, and why First Reformed is unlike anything he’s ever done before.

They also speak about the devastating hurricanes in the United States and how that adds even more pertinency – and urgency – to films of this nature, and why they believe there are still people out there who deny climate change. Schrader also recounts an incredible story of the time he was visited by the Department of Homeland Security…

Watch the interview with Paul Schrader & Cedric the Entertainer here:


A pastor of a small church in upstate New York spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife.

First Reformed is released on July 13th, and you can read our review of the film here.