The only Robert Pattinson project most people know from his pre-”Twilight” days is his small role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” as Cedric Diggory, but as his popularity has grown, more of his earlier projects are getting wide release. The latest of those is the short film “The Summer House,” which was filmed for a week back in the summer of 2006, but is only hitting film festivals and iTunes this year. You can watch the trailer here.
First-time director Daisy Gili said she actually cast Rob because she was recommended him by Campbell Mitchell, who had worked on props for another of his early projects, “The Haunted Airman.”
“He said, this guy is amazing, and he’s really nice, and I think he’d be really up for working on a short film,” Gili told MTV News. “I saw a picture of him and I thought, he’s fantastic.”
Up until that point, Rob’s costar Talulah Riley was best known for her work in Joe Wright’s “Pride & Prejudice,” and hadn’t yet starred in her big hit, “Pirate Radio” (known as “The Boat That Rocked” in the UK). Gili hired a cast director to find her an actress to play the short’s main character, Jane, and thought Talulah was the perfect fit.
“Talulah was amazing. The thing that I found most amazing about her was her versatility. You could give her a small amount of direction, and she would deliver a completely different but equally wonderful performance. I was like, wow,” said Gili.
But it was the chemistry between the two that really helped the film work. At 13 minutes in length, “The Summer House” follows Jane as she flees to France to stay with her aunt after her boyfriend Richard (Rob) dumps her for another girl. However, he follows her to the summer house to try to win her back and, on the night of the moon landing, tries to make his move. The result of his efforts helps Jane realize that — in Gili’ words — love isn’t black and white.
It was necessary to Gili to have the film set on the night of the moon landing because she felt everyone remembers where they were the night man landed on the moon, but the night was important for Jane because she realized that love was different and more complicated than she had always imagined. “I think you needed [something as momentous as] the moon landing to kind of help the slightness of the story become stronger,” she said.
Gili felt the character of Richard was a struggle for Rob, because he had to play someone so different from himself. “He’s quite a gentle person. He’s a really nice person. And he has to play quite a not very nice character, and I think he struggled with that,” Gili said. “He wasn’t playing a role that he was particularly comfortable with, but he still manages to have a real presence: brooding, slightly menacing. You’re never quite sure whether he wants her because he wants to have sex with her or because he loves her. And I think he delivers that brilliantly.” (more…)source.