Interview: Brenton Thwaites of ‘The Giver’ Shares Memories, How to Perfect the Aussie Accent


Preston Barta // Film Critic

THE GIVER | Opening Aug. 15 | Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma TremblayKatharina DammIrina Miccoli, Justin Miccoli and Taylor Swift

After over a decade of starts and stops, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s grade-school staple THE GIVER has finally arrived.

Australian newcomer Brenton Thwaites (MALEFICENT) plays Jonas, a boy living contentedly in a seemingly perfect community of sterilized, controlled “sameness” until he is allotted to receive all the memories of history – both good and bad.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to sit down with Thwaites in Dallas to talk about the film adaptation, the little things in life, memories of playing music with Jeff Bridges and partying in the nude, and perfecting the Aussie accent.

THE GIVER opens nationwide on 8/15.


About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.