Director Keith Behrman on the Dream That Inspired ‘Giant Little Ones’ (Video)

TIFF ’18: “I had a dream when I heard a voice of a young man talking to his mother in the kitchen and I woke up the next morning and I wrote it down”

Canadian director Keith Behrman sat down with TheWrap at the Toronto International Film Festival and discussed the dream that inspired his second feature.

“Five years ago in Canada, there was a series of high school kids committing suicide because they were gay and they were being harassed,” said Behrman. “I had a dream when I heard a voice of a young man talking to his mother in the kitchen and I woke up the next morning and I wrote it down.”

“As time passed, these voices just stayed and I kept writing and pretty soon I realized that there was a film there and it was a worthwhile film,” added Behrman.

“Giant Little Ones” stars Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello as divorced parents whose teenage son Franky (Josh Wiggins) faces seismic personal upheaval after an unexpected incident at a party. The story centers on Franky who is under more pressure than most. Franky’s life was altered when his father (Kyle MacLachlan) left his mother (Maria Bello) for a man. Franky is left confused and angry toward his father for breaking up the family. Things are further confused for Franky when his wild birthday party ends in a sexual encounter no one could have imagined, including his best friend and girlfriend. As Franky’s world crumbles, he and his friends are forced to decide what kind of people they want to be.

“Giant Little Ones” had its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 9. Behrman’s first feature “Flower & Garnet” also premiered at TIFF in 2002.

Watch the video above.