It may have been overlooked at the Oscars, but for many who have been lucky enough to have seen it, Waves is one of the most compelling cinematic experiences you’ll have this year. Back during the London Film Festival we had the pleasure of meeting the lead cast-members and the director. Excuse the gushing.

In the first video we sat down with all four members of the family, Sterling K. Brown, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell. The quartet discuss their appreciation of the film, and explain why Trey Edward Shults is such a unique filmmaker. They talk about learning from each other as actors – and we ask Harrison Jr. just how his shoulder really is.

Watch the full interview below:

In our second interview we spoke to Trey Edwards Shults, the talent from behind the lens. He tells us how long he’s had this idea, and whether he had to cast the four actors above together, to get a sense for the authentic family dynamic. He also discusses their performances, why Kelvin Harrison Jr. is so special, and also comments on the film’s relationship with empathy, and with music too – which plays a huge part in this production.

Watch the full interview below:


Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentional but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

Waves is released in cinemas on January 17th