Oliver Irving the writer and director of How To Be
Hey Twifans Cali Twilighter here,
So this weekend I was lucky enough to get to see How To Be not once, but twice with fellow members Cat
. For those of you who don’t know, How To Be is an independent film staring Robert Pattinson. So I thought I would do a little movie review.
First, this is not a movie spoiler. I don’t want to take away from Oliver Irving’s creation by telling you every little detail. How To Be is something you really have to see to enjoy. And believe me you will enjoy it. I will however give you little tidbits
How To Be is first time writer and director Oliver Irving’s story of Art (Rob Pattinson) and the relationship he has with his family and friends. Art is a 20 something struggling musician who works in a grocery store and volunteers at a special needs facility.
He is depressed and frustrated with his life. His relationship with his parents is well, almost nonexistent. In fact we don’t really hear much from his dad accept towards the end and only after he’s had a few drinks. His girlfriend has broken up with him because the man she used to find exciting is now just sad. Art’s friends, Ronny (Johnny White), a nitrous huffing shut-in, and Nikki (Mike Pearce), a horny womanizer, don’t quite understand what he’s going through. Ronny tries to get Art to dive into his music where Nikki just wants to get him laid.
He wants a closer relationship with his parents. And while in a bookstore he comes across a self-help book by Dr. Ellington (Powell Jones) and decides to have the good doctor come and live with him and parents to “help [him] be normal.” Dr. Ellington is a huge comic relief following Art almost everywhere he goes offering advice to Arts friends and family. One of the funniest parts is when Art follows his ex-girlfriend into the bathroom to talk and Dr. Ellington pops his head up from a few stalls down.
The movie is a mix of comedy and truly emotional drama. From the less then stellar reception his music gets at the center or the way Dr Ellington pops up at the most random of times the out loud laughs are often. But there is a sadder tone to the movie too. Art just wants to be happy. And whether it’s the unrequited hug he tries to give his mother or the slaps he receives after a failed attempt at a fight in a bar you feel for Art. I think all of us can relate to some part of Art’s story and what he is going through. Although my own upbringing was different than Art’s I understood his wanting to belong and be loved.
Does Art ever get his life together? I’m not telling, you’ll have to see it for yourself. As of now IFC has bought the rights to the film for its US release. There have also been reports that IFC will be showing it on demand through certain cable providers.
Now after both showings the Writer/Director of How To Be, Oliver Irving did a Q&A. He told us a few stories of what it was like on the set and gave us a few details about the special features of the DVD. And yes he did confirm that there will be a region 1 DVD available for us here in the US. One of the special features he talked about were a making of featurette. As well as a lot of behind the scenes footage shot by one of the actors and his girlfriend.
He talked about how Rob downplayed his musical abilities when asked if he could play the guitar. We also found out how Rob was cast as Art. Evidently he was the only actor who question the how and why of the script and Oliver really liked that. He told us that on Robert's resume he saw that Rob had been in Harry Potter and how Rob told him yeah he'd had a small part. He talked about the other actors in the film and how sadly Powell Jones (Dr Ellington) passed away before he could see the finished film.
We also got to spend a few minutes with him after the Q&A and got our tickets signed and pictures taken with him. Cat
had the great idea of having him do a shout out for Twifans.com and he was so great to do it for us.
Oliver Irving's shout out to Twifans.com
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Oliver Irving talking about what it was like to work with Rob
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All of us at the Saturday screening
Thanks Cat for the video and pics