Cast News – The Summer House (finally!) director talks about her short film
MTV’s Hollywood Crush spoke to The Summer House Director Daisy Gili recently – among other things about Robert Pattinson in her film.
First-time director Daisy Gili said she actually cast Rob because she was recommended him by Campbell Mitchell, who had worked on props for another of his early projects, “The Haunted Airman.”
“He said, this guy is amazing, and he’s really nice, and I think he’d be really up for working on a short film,” Gili told MTV News. “I saw a picture of him and I thought, he’s fantastic.”
Up until that point, Rob’s costar Talulah Riley was best known for her work in Joe Wright’s “Pride & Prejudice,” and hadn’t yet starred in her big hit, “Pirate Radio” (known as “The Boat That Rocked” in the UK). Gili hired a cast director to find her an actress to play the short’s main character, Jane, and thought Talulah was the perfect fit.
“Talulah was amazing. The thing that I found most amazing about her was her versatility. You could give her a small amount of direction, and she would deliver a completely different but equally wonderful performance. I was like, wow,” said Gili.
But it was the chemistry between the two that really helped the film work. At 13 minutes in length, “The Summer House” follows Jane as she flees to France to stay with her aunt after her boyfriend Richard (Rob) dumps her for another girl. However, he follows her to the summer house to try to win her back and, on the night of the moon landing, tries to make his move. The result of his efforts helps Jane realize that — in Gili’ words — love isn’t black and white.
Gili felt the character of Richard was a struggle for Rob, because he had to play someone so different from himself. “He’s quite a gentle person. He’s a really nice person. And he has to play quite a not very nice character, and I think he struggled with that,” Gili said. “He wasn’t playing a role that he was particularly comfortable with, but he still manages to have a real presence: brooding, slightly menacing. You’re never quite sure whether he wants her because he wants to have sex with her or because he loves her. And I think he delivers that brilliantly.”
After watching the short, we have to agree with her on Rob’s performance, and “Twilight” fans will see a little bit of what would become Edward Cullen in Rob’s portrayal of Richard. But, beyond the great acting, the set and costume design were our favorite parts of the film. The short is based on a short story of the same name, and Gili said they were able to film for free in the summer house that inspired the story.