How to Be (2008)

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  • IMDb page: How to Be (2008)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 2,518 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 28 August 2009 (Italy)
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Budget: £500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Oliver Irving
  • Stars: Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon and Powell Jones
  • Original Music By: Joe Hastings   
  • Soundtrack: Old Man
  • Plot Keyword: Self Help | Musician | Question In Title | Camaro | Break Up

Known Trivia

  • The song in the trailer is the ‘Hammond Song’ by The Roches.

Goofs: Continuity: During the bar scene, the level of beer in Art's glass jumps around several times, from nearly full to nearly empty and back again.

Plot: A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach. Full summary »  »

Story: At first fancying himself an "enigmatic poet", twenty something Art gradually realizes that he must take action if he's going to escape his depressed life as a struggling musician in London. A solution comes in the shape of a book titled "It's Not Your Fault". Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, however, Art invites the elderly author of the book to come live with him and his parents, which quickly becomes a painfully funny journey about dysfunction and growing up.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: A wry coming-of-age comedy about twenty-something Art (Robert Pattinson) who gets dumped by his girlfriend, moves back in with his parents and hits a quarter-life crisis. Art uses inheritance money to indulge in retail and new age therapies only to end up enlisting the help of an eccentric self-help guru, Dr. Ellington (Powell Jones). Arts painfully funny journey to define his existence brings to the fore the dysfunctional relationship he has with his parents and the importance in his life of his odd-ball friends. How To Be is a timely look at increasingly common phenomena: grown-up children living at home, frustrated creativity and self-help.

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Produced By:

  • Scott Bassett known as line producer
  • Justin Kelly known as producer
  • Michael Williams known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert Pattinson known as Art
  • Rebecca Pidgeon known as Mother
  • Powell Jones known as Dr. Ellington
  • Jeremy Hardy known as Jeremy
  • Michael Irving known as Father
  • Mike Pearce known as Nikki
  • Johnny White known as Ronny
  • Alisa Arnah known as Jessica
  • Joe Hastings known as Dave
  • Biddy Rowe known as Woman at Old House
  • Tim Rowe known as Boy at Old House
  • Bart Kusse known as Child Art
  • Augustin Irving known as Child Father
  • Mirabel Kelly known as Woman in Supermarket
  • Bernard Kelly known as Landlord
  • David Hoggard known as Child Dr. Ellington
  • Grace Hoggard known as Child Mother
  • Callum Needham known as Skateboard Boy
  • Sarah Needham known as Dr. Ellington's Mother
  • Michael Williams known as Gareth
  • Nic Tuft known as Supermarket Manager
  • Tim Barker known as Man on Train
  • Phillip Carey known as Re-Birth Hippy
  • Katkin Tague known as Re-Birth Hippy / Nikki's Girlfriend
  • Winston Rutherford known as Homeless Man #1
  • Matt Grimwood known as Homeless Man #2
  • Amy Hickey known as Nikki's Girlfriend
  • Christian Hedges known as Goth Boy
  • Claire Scotton known as Goth Girl
  • Davinder Singh known as Newsagent
  • Brenda Fox known as Care Centre Resident
  • Emma Fenn known as Care Centre Resident
  • William Hayward known as Care Centre Resident
  • Sarah Hughes known as Care Centre Resident
  • Claire John known as Care Centre Resident
  • Nick King known as Care Centre Resident
  • Nicola Patterson known as Care Centre Resident
  • Andrew White known as Ronny's Dad
  • Angela Abelian known as Ronny's Dad's Girlfriend
  • David Kelly known as Office Client #1
  • John Wong known as Office Client #2
  • Mioko Fujisaki known as Office Client #3
  • Sarah Hyman known as Office Secretary
  • Stephen Noel known as Sleeping Man at Gig
  • Gary Moore known as Gig Sound Man
  • Andre Els known as Gig Darts Player
  • Bonnie Kennell known as Gig Venue Punter
  • Lucy Harvey known as Gig Venue Punter
  • Albert Walsh known as Barman
  • Trisha Faulkner known as Carboot Seller #1
  • Bart Tuft known as Carboot Seller #2 (as Bartholomew Tertius Tuft)
  • Lee Tailor known as Car Boot Buyer
  • Victoria Steventon known as Scooter Girl
  • Joe Bor known as Pub Crowd
  • Hester Campbell known as Pub Crowd
  • Amy Clamp known as Pub Crowd
  • Emma Coleman known as Pub Crowd
  • Miles Coleman known as Pub Crowd
  • Imogen Crouch-Hyde known as Pub Crowd
  • Camila Fiori known as Pub Crowd
  • Kirsty Grafton known as Pub Crowd
  • Ellie Grouin known as Pub Crowd
  • Sophie Hampton known as Pub Crowd
  • Joe Horwood known as Pub Crowd
  • Nik Jennings known as Pub Crowd
  • Adam Killip known as Pub Crowd
  • Winnie Salisbery known as Pub Crowd
  • Shizue Shigeta known as Pub Crowd
  • Gwenllian Stein known as Pub Crowd
  • Tim Stewart known as Pub Crowd
  • Emma Stradwick known as Pub Crowd
  • Maria von Schantz Tylestam known as Pub Crowd
  • Kristina Vulganoua known as Pub Crowd
  • Danielle Walker known as Pub Crowd
  • Martin Zuerto known as Pub Crowd

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Amy Elliot known as assistant makeup artist
  • Rachael Py known as makeup artist
  • Tinks Reding known as makeup artist: Rebecca Pidgeon

Art Department:

  • Rebecca Amissah known as art department assistant
  • Bart Tuft known as standby art director


Production Companies:

  • How To Be Films

Other Companies:

  • Dragon Digital Intermediate  post-production facilities
  • Tate Post  sound post-production


  • Shaw Organisation (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Irfan Film (2010) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Network (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Paris Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • James Ballard known as production executive: Dragon DI
  • Geoffrey R. Case known as digital colourist
  • Valentina Catena known as digital colorist assist
  • Michele De Benedetti known as digital clean-up
  • Julie Harding known as DI producer: Dragon DI (as Julie Pucher)
  • Myfanwy Harris known as digital intermediate operator: Dragon DI
  • Tony Ray known as digital intermediate executive: Dragon DI
  • Paul J. Wright known as scanning and recording manager

Release Date:

  • USA 18 January 2008 (Slamdance Film Festival)
  • USA 8 August 2008 (Rhode Island International Film Festival)
  • France 12 September 2008 (Strasbourg International Film Festival)
  • Canada 22 September 2008 (Calgary Film Festival)
  • Brazil 11 October 2008 (Indie – World Film Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2008 (Derby City Film Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2008 (New Orleans Film Festival)
  • USA 16 October 2008 (Austin Film Festival)
  • USA 1 November 2008 (Gotham Screen Film Festival)
  • USA 15 November 2008 (Lone Star International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 December 2008 (Anchorage International Film Festival)
  • USA 28 February 2009 (Cinequest Film Festival)
  • USA 5 March 2009 (Durango Film Festival)
  • USA 7 March 2009 (George Lindsey UNA Film Festival)
  • USA 8 March 2009 (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)
  • USA 8 March 2009 (Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 27 March 2009 (Burbank International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 April 2009 (Las Vegas International Film Festival)
  • USA 16 April 2009 (California Independent Film Festival)
  • Singapore 25 April 2009 (Singapore International Film Festival)
  • USA 2 May 2009 (FirstGlance Film Festival Hollywood)
  • UK 18 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 28 August 2009
  • Germany 15 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 2 November 2009 (New British Film Festival)
  • Russia 26 November 2009
  • Brazil 18 December 2009
  • South Korea 28 January 2010
  • Singapore 29 April 2010
  • Australia 20 July 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Japan 3 November 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 15 March 2011 (DVD premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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