Production Notes For Robert Pattinson's 'The Rover' & 'Maps to The Stars'

 Production Notes For Robert Pattinson's 'The Rover' & 'Maps to The Stars'

The Italian website  has published the production notes for both The Rover & Maps to The Stars. Below are translations of the notes which I think you'll agree make for interesting reading. They shed a little more light on the plots and main characters of both films without giving away any spoilers ;)

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Directed by David Michôd and based on a story written by the director himself paired with Joel Edgerton, The Rover is set in Australia a decade after the collapse of the western economy, in a context in which the mines are still active and have attracted men more desperate and dangerous and where survival is a daily struggle. The protagonist of the story is Eric, a drifter who has left everything behind and who is full of anger at the theft by a gang of his car, the only thing he had left. His only chance of finding the car is given by Rey, one of the Mebra band which was abandoned after being injured. Forced by circumstances, the two men will pair up for a trip that no one could have predicted the outcome.

Notwithstanding take place in the near future, The Rover is the intention of the authors work on the contemporary, the ability of Western economies to self-destruct because of their own greed and the inevitable change in the balance of power globally. Speaking of issues ranging from the lust for power to the destruction of the environment through the desperate attempts of man to not sink in that dysfunctional society, The Rover, however, is not a dystopian film and described the situation, that of a world pillaged and drained forces and systems quite real, plausible and possible.

As a sort of futuristic western, as a backdrop to the story is the ‘outback ’Australia, where people from all over the world come to work in the mines which supply the new world order in the hands of Asia: Australia has the same partially avoided the economic collapse in 2008 thanks to exports to China and the strength of its mining industry.

Photographed by Natasha Braier, who has opted for the Super 35 format, The Rover was shot over seven weeks (from 28 January to 16 March 2013) in the southern desert of Australia, in the chain of the Flinders Ranges. Among the various places that were the location, the most important is the town of Marree , eight hours drive from Adelaide and close to Lake Eyre. Populated by only 90 inhabitants, Marree is the last frontier of civilization before arriving in the desert and gladly hosted the crew of Michôd, providing the designer Josephine Ford homes and a small hotel.


The main characters of The Rover are two very different men. The first, Eric, is a violent and bitter Australian, a former soldier Misanthrope who lost his farm and his family and anti-hero, not want to regain back what was stolen from three criminals: the car with a mysterious bunch. The second, Rey, is a simple and naive American youngster, whose age does not allow him to remember the time when things were different. Like many other individuals of The Rover, Rey arrived in Australia along with his elder brother Henry to find work in the mining sector and is found to interact with Chinese, Cambodians and of course, ending with the Aussies find themselves in legal actions soon harnessed by Henry and his two friends Archie and Caleb.

Played by Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the two men throw in pursuit of dangerous individuals, finding himself caught up in an ongoing series of action, tension, danger and plot twists. Along the way, also, find themselves having to face even the folds of their emotional confusion.

The actor Scott McNairy plays Henry, the elder brother of Rey, while the main cast of The Rover ’s David names includes Field (Archie), Tawanda Manyimo (Caleb), and Gillian Jones, Anthony Hayes and Susan Prior.”

 Source (translation via Source)


Written by Bruce Wagner and directed by David Cronenberg, Maps to the Stars weaves the rugged beauty of Los Angeles with it's gloomy and tragic-comic story of a Hollywood family whose members, struggling with the relentless ghosts of their past , show how fame, success and appreciation, carry a high cost.

The result of a job that lasted two decades, the screenplay Maps to the Stars dates back to the early nineties and is based on the personal experience of Wagner himself , who before becoming a writer worked as a limo driver (he was inspired by the character played in the film by Robert Pattinson) in Hollywood and has lived near the turbulence of an environment made up of contradictions, of glory and wickedness, ambitions and illusions, sudden success and sensational falls.

Totally changing genre and moving away from the issues that have made him famous, with Maps of the Stars Cronenberg produces an abnormal drama at its center stands the members of the Weiss family : a guru father, a teenage son and heartthrob fresh from rehab , a mother intent on maintaining a high price for her actor son and a daughter mysteriously scarred and obsessed with trying to find herplace in the family circle . To give mystery to the dynamics of Weiss family, however, there are a number of appearances from the afterlife , ghosts , that mixing memories, fleeting hopes and unmet needs , reflect the contemporary focus on topics such as death, depravity and resurrection .Filmed in Toronto and Los Angeles, Maps to the Stars relies on the director of photography Peter Suschitzky ( faithful collaborator of Cronenberg's Dead Ringers of the time ) , the production designer Carol Spier , costumes by Denise Cronenberg and music by Howard Shore.


At the center of Maps of the Stars is the character of Havana Segrand, one of the most famous Hollywood actresses always in the shadow of her more legendary mother Clarice Taggart , even more famous actress who died in a fire. Playing Havana and her mother Clarice are Julianne Moore and Sarah Gadon respectively, showing that a relationship between mother / daughter does not even know the boundaries of death. Showing no shame, Havana is a woman who lives completely secluded in a world of fiction , as if she had no family and she's very angry with her mother for the way which , according to her, she has been abused . The emotional chaos which marks Havana takes an even more obscure turn when her mother's role in an upcoming film production could be assigned to another and not to her, making her see the ghost of Clarice at inopportune moments .

At first glance, the Weiss family, however, seem to live a happy life. But looking at them more closely you can see that in their fame, material wealth and honors, are just a litmus test for doubts , disappointments and dangerous secrets, which come to the fore with the entrance of Agatha , the daughter who has been away from home for a long time due to psychiatric problems as a result of a tragic accident that has left her terribly marked with scars and burns on her face and hands . Brought to the stage by Mia Wasikowska, Agatha comes home and, by fate, is working alongside Havana .

The last person Agatha wanted to see in her family is her father Sanford, a guru who is a psychologist on TV, offering new age platitudes and dispensing advice to the masses. Played by John Cusack, Sanford has a number of celebrity clients - one of these is Havana Segrand - and he's strongly attached to the success of his teenage son Benjie , star of a television series.Played by Evan Bird , Benjie is trying to make a comeback on his career after he ended up in rehab because of a drug problem but is forced to confront the ghost of his adolescent spirit.

His mother and manager Cristina who would always defend Benjie to the hilt is played by Olivia Williams. Returning to Los Angeles, Agatha holds a solid friendship with Jerome, her limo driver. Staged by Robert Pattinson, Jerome is an aspiring writer who keeps working as a driver and is the only character in the story who is not touched by madness or by a ghost.

Translated using Google Translate (tweeks by me ;))

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