While most people avoid going to the movies in August, there is a small segment of society that actually looks forward to it. They love going to the movies in late summer, because that’s when the blockbusters come out.
And among those people was Robert Pattinson, the famous English actor. In fact, the 28-year-old’s love for the silver screen is so great, he decided to make a movie about his own life. And what a life it is!
Pattinson grew up in London, and he spent most of his time playing in the street or in parks with his three brothers. Like most boys his age, he dreamed about becoming an actor, and he attended the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. There he studied under the legendary theatre director Rufus Norris, learning everything he needed to know for his career.
After graduation in 2007, Pattinson took his time finding his feet as an actor. He spent three years appearing in minor roles and short films, eventually earning enough acclaim to star in two high-profile British films: Cosmo and The Lost Weekend. He also played a supporting role in the 2008 American comedy Meet Dave alongside Ben Affleck and Kate Winslet, and he portrayed poet John Keats in the 2010 film The Borrowers. His performance was so good that many critics compared him to Michael Caine. (Caine played the father in Peter Pan.)
Pattinson has also appeared in commercials, including a famous one for Dior in which he played a version of James Bond. More recently, he had a part in the popular British television show Skins, and he will soon be seen in the upcoming horror film The Nightjar.
But, let’s get back to his personal life. After finding relative fame in Great Britain, Pattinson decided to make the big move to Hollywood. (He actually first considered moving to New York or Los Angeles, which he felt represented the best of both worlds, being in the center of the action but also being able to retreat to the safety of his home in the evenings.)
Well, that was in 2011. Since then, the handsome Englishman has mostly stayed out of the limelight, appearing in little movies and shows here and there. (Which is probably for the best, given his hectic schedule.) In 2017, though, he did take the time out to star in the indie movie Good Time, in which he plays a successful author who is forced to return to his native England to deal with his ex-fiancée’s (Sienna Guillory) erratic behavior. The film explores the shaky transition period between book tour and family vacation, as Pattinson’s character desperately tries to keep the peace while also trying to enjoy himself. It’s a sweet and funny movie that touches on a number of important issues, particularly in regards to mental illness. (One of the film’s producers is Laura Mooney, who has a daughter with mental illness.)
Pattinson’s next project is an untitled film about a famous British literary salon that was recently featured on BBC Radio 4. It will star Dame Judi Dench, and we can expect big things from this actor as he continues to grow his portfolio.
Meanwhile, back in August 2019, Pattinson released his first podcast, which is the audio companion to his movie. The actor describes it as a “slightly weird, intimate, monologue-style podcast,” where he talks about the process of making Good Time and other topics. The first episode features some entertaining interviews with people like Kate Winslet and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who play Pattinson’s female characters in the movie. (The podcast is also available on iTunes, Google Play, and other platforms.)
Why Madeleine Winslet Desires To Work With Pattinson
It’s no secret that Kate Winslet wants to work with Robert Pattinson on a feature film. They seem to have everything in common: the same British ancestry (albeit on different sides), a love for theatre and music, and a passion for storytelling.
In fact, the 39-year-old actress has gone so far as to say that she would love to make a full-length feature film with Pattinson. And what’s more, she’d like to do it in Ireland, because Ireland has a “unique cinematic identity that hasn’t really been explored,” according to Winslet. (Winslet was actually born and raised in England, but she has been spending more and more time in Ireland since her marriage to Irish photographer and director Jim Cunningham in 2014.)
This desire to work with Pattinson has been a longtime goal for the actress. She’s already worked with him in a minor capacity on the set of his 2013 movie The Light Between The Oceans, which she also co-produced. (She frequently collaborates with her sister, actress Vanessa, who appears in the movie alongside Winslet.)
The year 2019 marked one of the biggest turning points in Winslet’s career. In addition to the aforementioned collaboration with Pattinson, she starred alongside Jeremy Irons and Olivia Colman in the Oscar-winning film The Favourite. Most significantly, she co-founded the production company Cloud Eight with her husband and producing partner Jim Cunningham. (The company was named after the eight cloud seahorses that appear on Jim’s arm.)
Cloud Eight is focused on investing in and producing films outside of the traditional Hollywood circuit. One of their first projects will be an adaptation of Kate Saunders’s cult-classic novel The Matador, about the early days of bullfighting in 20th-century Spain. (The project is still in the early stages of development.)
Colman Wants To Work With Pattinson
While Kate Winslet wants to star in a feature film with Pattinson, another actress has different dreams. Olivia Colman is only too happy to work with the British heartthrob on a short film — preferably a horror movie — that will be released this year. (Colman has an idea for a horror movie that she wrote several years ago, which she now plans to develop with her creative partner Stewart Deggs.)
Colman has always been inspired by British cinema, particularly the works of Alfred Hitchcock. (Her parents are both British.) She cites the legendary director’s Rear Window and The Man Who Knew Too Much as two of her all-time favorite films, both of which feature the great British actor Jimmy Stewart. (Stewart plays a dual role in both of those films.)
In addition to being a huge fan of Hitchcock, Colman also loves working with her hands. (She often appears in indie shorts and music videos with her guitar.) So, for the last couple of years, she has been doing a lot of script reading, research, and planning for a short film that will be “quite a bit of fun to make.” (She also has some ideas for an English-speaking TV series that she would like to develop with her company Little Island Productions.)
Colman’s short film will focus on a famous literary salon that was recently featured on BBC Radio 4. One of the guests at the literary gathering is a renowned English writer (and Martha’s Vineyard native) Jane Austen (played by Judi Dench). Austen’s salons are full of famous English literary characters, and it’s always been one of Colman’s favorite topics. So, when the opportunity to work with Judi Dench on a screenplay for a feature film came along, Colman jumped at the chance.
The short film adaptation of Austen’s celebrated work Pride and Prejudice will star Notorious British actress Maggie Q and be directed by Matthew Warchus, the Oscar-winning English director of A Mouth to Mouth Concert. He was also behind the camera for Shakespeare in Love, for which Judi Dench won an Oscar. (Warchus also worked with Dench on The Last King of Scotland.)
Winslet’s Short Films Offer An Independent Viewpoint
Apart from wanting to star in a feature film with Pattinson, Kate Winslet has also made a name for herself in the world of short films. Just last year, she starred in the Oscar-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? about the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo and the beginning of the modern era. (The film was directed by Penny Rose, and it was based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Lee Child.)
This year, Winslet will star in a brand new film, The Souvenir, which tells the story of a wealthy Englishman (played by Jack Whitehall) who travels to Italy during the 1960s to claim an artwork for himself. (The film marks Whitehall’s directorial debut.)
With so much buzz surrounding her work, it’s no wonder that Kate Winslet wants to be a part of the movie world. There is certainly no shortage of opportunity, and she seems determined to make the most out of it.