We all know the Robert Pattinson of the Twilight Saga which began in 2008. The Edward Cullen that teenage girls drool over (I being one of them). But I’m much more interested in his roles in other work. His lead role as Tyler Hawkins in Remember Me, released on DVD this week, a heartbreaking tale of love and family relationships. His appearance, and death, as Cedric Diggory in the even more popular Harry Potter (And The Goblet of Fire) franchise in 2005. So I decided to do a little research into other films he has been in, or is currently in production of, to set myself, and possibly others, a small playlist of films to watch over the summer.
The Haunted Airman, 2006.
The Haunted Airman, produced as a drama by the BBC in 2006, is a 1948 psychological thriller novel by Dennis Wheatley. The story follows a disabled British airman (Pattinson) who returns from war only to face new terrors, incorporating Wheatley’s usual themes of satanic possession and madness. The film was released on DVD in the UK in April 2009. Click Here for trailer.
The Summer House, 2006.
The Summer House is based on a short story written by Ian Beck. The film is an adaptation of a coming-of-age story in which a teenage girl (Jane) discovers the complexity of romantic relationships — both of family members as well as her own. 18-year-old Richard (Pattinson) becomes her love interest. Having broken up with her to date another woman prior to her departure for the summer, he appears unexpectedly at Jane’s retreat to win her back. The film is expected to be released in October 2010. Click Here for trailer.
Bad Mother’s Handbook, 2007.
Based on the best selling book by Kate Long, The Bad Mother’s Handbook was a one-off television drama telling the story of a year in the life of three generations of women living in one house in Bolton. The main theme revolves around how Karen (Catherine Tate) had her, now teenage, daughter Charlie (Holly Grainger) when she was very young. Charlie accidentally falls pregnant whilst still in school and begins an unlikely friendship with the geeky Daniel Gale (Pattinson). Click Here for trailer.
How To Be, 2008.
Art (Pattinson) aspires to be a musician. After being forced to move back home with his neglectful parents, he buys a book titled ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ and tries to follow the self-help book’s advice. He decides to use inheritance money to buy a car and then pay for a Canadian therapist, the book’s author, to come to his home in England and help him get his life on track. Despite his unsupportive parents, he attempts to find a balance in his life, true happiness and a good relationship with his parents. Click Here for trailer.
Little Ashes, 2009.
Director Paul Morrison delves into the relationship between surrealist painter Salvador Dali and poet Federico Garcia Lorca and their acquaintanceship with Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel. As the tale opens, Salvador Dali (Pattinson) is 18 years old. The three find themselves virtually defining the currents of modernism. As Bunuel leaves for Paris, Salvador and Federico are thrust together even closer than before. Their relationship suddenly crosses the line from platonic friendship to something far more intimate. (Robert Pattinson naked and kissing men, definitely a must-see.) Click Here for trailer.
Pattinson started off by making small appearances in films in 2004 including Vanity Fair and Curse of The Ring before his role in Harry Potter which gained his name some recognition. The films above are definitely a side of him that you wouldn’t imagine. It’s nice to see a geekier, less confident actor before the rise of his huge fanbase due to Twilight, and we also get to hear his real English accent for a change.
Films In Production:
Breaking Dawn, Part One 2011 & Part Two 2012.
The final of the Twilight films will be released in two parts over the next two years. This final adaptation is the sexiest and goriest of the Saga – weddings, babies and war – these aren’t the innocent vampires we have had to deal with in the first three films. The Cullen’s are having bed-breaking sex rather than being celibate and in love. As their family gains additional members and truces are made, not all agree with the Cullen’s lifestyle in Forks. Teams of vampires form for one last fight as secrets are revealed outside of the family home and new powers are found. Let’s hope it’s not sensitised for the younger audiences.
Bel Ami, 2011 – Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, Bel Ami is a chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris through his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.
Water For Elephants, 2011 – The film tells the story of a love between two people who overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford. When orphan Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson) jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer.