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How to Be -- Starring sexy British sensation Robert Pattinson, this hilarious movie tells the story of a young musician trying to figure out where he belongs in a complicated world. This indie dramedy is an IFC release.
How to Be -- A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach


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28 August 2009 (Italy) See more »
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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 » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Robert Pattinson ... Art

Rebecca Pidgeon ... Mother
Powell Jones ... Dr. Ellington
Jeremy Hardy ... Jeremy
Michael Irving ... Father
Mike Pearce ... Nikki
Johnny White ... Ronny
Alisa Arnah ... Jessica
Joe Hastings ... Dave
Biddy Rowe ... Woman at Old House
Tim Rowe ... Boy at Old House
Bart Kusse ... Child Art
Augustin Irving ... Child Father
Mirabel Kelly ... Woman in Supermarket
Bernard Kelly ... Landlord
David Hoggard ... Child Dr. Ellington
Grace Hoggard ... Child Mother
Callum Needham ... Skateboard Boy
Sarah Needham ... Dr. Ellington's Mother
Michael Williams ... Gareth

Nic Tuft ... Supermarket Manager
Tim Barker ... Man on Train
Phillip Carey ... Re-Birth Hippy
Katkin Tague ... Re-Birth Hippy / Nikki's Girlfriend
Winston Rutherford ... Homeless Man #1
Matt Grimwood ... Homeless Man #2
Amy Hickey ... Nikki's Girlfriend
Christian Hedges ... Goth Boy
Claire Scotton ... Goth Girl
Davinder Singh ... Newsagent
Brenda Fox ... Care Centre Resident
Emma Fenn ... Care Centre Resident
William Hayward ... Care Centre Resident
Sarah Hughes ... Care Centre Resident
Claire John ... Care Centre Resident
Nick King ... Care Centre Resident
Nicola Patterson ... Care Centre Resident
Andrew White ... Ronny's Dad
Angela Abelian ... Ronny's Dad's Girlfriend
David Kelly ... Office Client #1
John Wong ... Office Client #2
Mioko Fujisaki ... Office Client #3
Sarah Hyman ... Office Secretary
Stephen Noel ... Sleeping Man at Gig
Gary Moore ... Gig Sound Man
Andre Els ... Gig Darts Player
Bonnie Kennell ... Gig Venue Punter
Camila Fiori ... Leona (Girl at the bar)
Lucy Harvey ... Gig Venue Punter
Albert Walsh ... Barman
Trisha Faulkner ... Carboot Seller #1
Bart Tuft ... Carboot Seller #2 (as Bartholomew Tertius Tuft)
Lee Tailor ... Car Boot Buyer
Victoria Steventon ... Scooter Girl
Joe Bor ... Pub Crowd
Hester Campbell ... Pub Crowd
Amy Clamp ... Pub Crowd
Emma Coleman ... Pub Crowd
Miles Coleman ... Pub Crowd
Imogen Crouch-Hyde ... Pub Crowd
Kirsty Grafton ... Pub Crowd
Ellie Grouin ... Pub Crowd
Sophie Hampton ... Pub Crowd
Joe Horwood ... Pub Crowd
Nik Jennings ... Pub Crowd
Adam Killip ... Pub Crowd
Winnie Salisbery ... Pub Crowd
Shizue Shigeta ... Pub Crowd
Gwenllian Stein ... Pub Crowd
Tim Stewart ... Pub Crowd
Emma Stradwick ... Pub Crowd
Maria von Schantz Tylestam ... Pub Crowd
Kristina Vulganoua ... Pub Crowd
Danielle Walker ... Pub Crowd
Martin Zuerto ... Pub Crowd

Directed by
Oliver Irving 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oliver Irving  writer

Produced by
Scott Bassett .... line producer
Justin Kelly .... producer
Michael Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joe Hastings 
Cinematography by
Paul Swann 
Film Editing by
Reuben Irving 
Casting by
Urvashi Chugani 
Production Design by
Nic Tuft 
Art Direction by
Stefania Buonajuti 
Paul Harvey 
Makeup Department
Amy Elliot .... assistant makeup artist
Rachael Py .... makeup artist
Tinks Reding .... makeup artist: Rebecca Pidgeon
Production Management
Scott Bassett .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesca Farran-Lee .... third assistant director
Nick Simmonds .... second assistant director
Lee Tailor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rebecca Amissah .... art department assistant
Bart Tuft .... standby art director
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... sound recordist
Steve Browell .... supervising dialogue editor
Juan Manuel Delfin .... assistant sound editor
Dominique Devoucoux .... adr supervisor
Dominique Devoucoux .... director of sound services
Dominique Devoucoux .... foley supervisor
Phil Freudenfeld .... foley editor
Phil Freudenfeld .... sound designer
Phil Freudenfeld .... sound effects editor
Gernot Fuhrmann .... sound recordist
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Yagmur Kaplan .... adr mixer
Juliet Plumptre .... boom operator
Kath Pollard .... sound re-recording mixer
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... dialogue editor
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... sound designer
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
James Ballard .... production executive: Dragon DI
Geoffrey R. Case .... digital colourist
Valentina Catena .... digital colorist assist
Michele De Benedetti .... digital clean-up
Julie Harding .... DI producer: Dragon DI (as Julie Pucher)
Myfanwy Harris .... digital intermediate operator: Dragon DI
Tony Ray .... digital intermediate executive: Dragon DI
Paul J. Wright .... scanning and recording manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Gareth Brough .... best boy spark
Grace Donaldson .... key grip
Thomas English .... Steadicam operator
James Friend .... best boy: additional photography
David Gilligan .... still photographer
Gunnar Heidar .... gaffer: additional photography
Rod Patterson .... camera car
Rod Patterson .... grip
Richard Perry .... sparks
Sol Saihati .... gaffer: additional photography
Richard Unger .... still photographer
Chris Williams .... first assistant camera
Chris Williams .... focus puller
Casting Department
Rohan Chand .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucy Harvey .... wardrobe
Music Department
Gary John Moore .... music score engineer
Other crew
Will Abbott .... set runner
Charles Bates .... production accountant
Mathilde Bouts .... script supervisor
Matt Grimwood .... production coordinator
Vinnie Jassal .... location manager
Danielle Kummer .... location assistant
Brenda Marchetti .... production assistant
Denis Krupnov .... special thanks

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The song in the trailer is the 'Hammond Song' by The Roches.See more »
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.See more »
Art:I want my personal therapist here during any formal discussion.
Jeremy:You have a personal therapist?
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121 out of 136 people found the following review useful.
Not for everyone, but I loved it, 23 January 2008
Author: SaintCrystal from United States

The funny thing about this film is in the first 3 minutes I'm saying to myself, that's Cedric Diggory, being the ignorant American I am. But after the 4th minute I could see no one but Art, the lovable and pathetic loser who just doesn't know how to get a handle on his life because he has no one to validate his existence. His parents loath him, his girlfriend dumps him, and his new age therapist seems to need Art more than Art needs him in the end. I came home from seeing this movie at Slamdance and described it to someone as "my life, except 20 something, and a guy, and in London, but other than that, EXACTLY my life!" The people I saw it with at Slamdance didn't get it, but they had much more "normal" upbringings. Like I said, I loved this movie because I could identify so much with it, and at the same time it was almost unbearable to watch because I saw so much of myself, the parts I'd rather leave to my own past. I commend the cast and crew for a very funny and heartfelt movie, and recommend everyone watch it with an open mind. It may not be your life, but it was someone's.

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