How to Be
|How to Be|
Slamdance Film Festival Poster
|Directed by||Oliver Irving|
|Produced by||Justin Kelly|
|Written by||Oliver Irving|
|Music by||Joe Hastings|
|Editing by||Reuben Irving|
|Running time||84 minutes|
How to Be is a 2008 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Oliver Irving. It is about a young man named Art, played by Robert Pattinson, who is going through a quarter-life crisis. Pattinson received the Strasbourg International Film Festival's 'Best Actor in a Feature' award for his portrayal of Art.
Art (Robert Pattinson) is not talented, but aspires to be a musician. He has a dead-end job at a supermarket, despite having a degree (which he doesn't seem to value much). His girlfriend ends their relationship. Art is then forced to move back home with his cold and neglectful parents (played by Rebecca Pidgeon and Michael Irving). Art buys a book titled, It's Not Your Fault. Upon reading it, he tries to follow the self-help book's advice. He decides to use inheritance money to first buy a car, and then pay for a Canadian therapist, Dr. Levi Ellington (Powell Jones), the book's author, to come to his home in England and help Art get his life on track, about which his parents are less than thrilled.
Despite his unsupportive parents, Art attempts with his new life coach and two slightly unbalanced friends Nikki (Mike Pearce) and Ronnie (Johnny White) to find a balance in his life, true happiness, and a good relationship with his parents.
The film also stars Jeremy Hardy as Art's superior at the care centre at which he volunteers.
How to Be was released in the United States by IFC Festival Direct on 29 April 2009. Leading up to the release, the director, Oliver Irving, took the film on a United States screening tour. The DVD was released first in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2009 and was released in the United States on 17 November 2009.
|How to Be Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||28 April 2008|
The How to Be soundtrack was released by Dreamboat Records on April 28. The 23-track collection features three original songs performed by Robert Pattinson, the original score by composer Joe Hastings and electronic music by musician-actor Johnny White, who plays Ronny in the film. It also features "Old Man" by Love, "Clear Spot" by Captain Beefheart and "Hammond Song" by The Roches.
- Opening Credits - Joe Hastings
- "Chokin' on the Dust" (Part 1) - Robert Pattinson
- "It's not your fault" - Joe Hastings
- "Hell Awaits" - The Rollercoaster Project
- "You don’t actually have things all that bad"
- "Old Man" - Love
- "Chokin' on the Dust" (Part 2) - Robert Pattinson
- "Sometimes we all need a little help" - Joe Hastings
- "Dr Ellington Arrives" - Joe Hastings
- "Visualize a time" - Joe Hastings
- "Jam Session"
- "1996" - The Rollercoaster Project
- "Nikki's Song" - Mike Pearce
- "Puzzle" - Joe Hastings
- "Cemetery" - Joe Hastings
- "Off License" - Joe Hastings
- "Process 1" - The Rollercoaster Project
- "Clear Spot" - Captain Beefheart
- "Hammond Song" - The Roches
- "Final Call" - Joe Hastings
- "You're not a nobody"
- "Doin' Fine" - Robert Pattinson
- End Credits - (Joe Hastings)
- Rhode Island International Film Festival (5–10 August 2008)
- Strasbourg International Film Festival, where it was the opening night film (12–21 September 2008)
- Calgary International Film Festival (19–28 September 2008)
- Derby City Film Festival (8–12 October 2008)
- New Orleans Film Festival (10–16 October 2008)
- Indie 2008 Film Festival, Brazil (10–16 October 2008)
- Austin Film Festival (16–23 October 2008)
- Gotham Screen New York International Festival (31 October-1 November 2008)
- Lone Star International Film Festival (12–16 November 2008)
- Cinequest Film Festival (28 February-2 March 2009)
- Durango Film Festival (4–8 March 2009)
- George Lindsey UNA Film Festival (5–8 March 2009)
- Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (8 March 2009)
- DC Independent Film Festival (8 March 2009)
- Burbank International Film Festival (27 March 2009)
- Las Vegas International Film Festival (9–12 April 2009)
- California Independent Film Festival (16 April 2009)
- 22nd Singapore International Film Festival (25 April 2009)
- First Glance Hollywood Film Festival (1–3 May 2009)
- http://www.howtobemovie.com/news/2009/05/uk-release/ UK DVD release and screenings
- http://www.slamdance.com/festival/festival/pressreleases/2008winnersannounce.html Slamdance Film Festival 2008 Winners
- http://www.howtobemovie.com/news/2008/07/mailing-list-3/ Further Information on How to Be's appearance at the 2008 Rhode Island and Calgary International Film Festivals
- http://www.strasbourgfilmfest.com/schedule-08.html Strasbourg Film Festival
- http://www.howtobemovie.com/news/2008/09/mailing-list-4/ Further Information on How to Be's appearance at the Strasbourg, Calgary, Rhode Island and Indie 2008 film festivals
- http://www.howtobemovie.com/news/2008/09/strasbourg-film-festival-screening-information-and-austin-news/ Announcement of How To Be's selection by the Austin Film Festival