Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn’t expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she’s ever met. He’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met, period. He’s intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance – unorthodox because Edward really isn’t like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. That’s right – vampire. But he doesn’t have fangs – that’s just in the movies. And he doesn’t drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But when unexpected visitors come to town and realize that there is a human among them Edward must fight to save Bella? A modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair – between vampire and mortal.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Choosing material that is thought-provoking and controversial, Catherine Hardwicke’s films have helped to redefine popular culture, showcase notable figures from the past, and raise light on important social issues. At the helm, Hardwicke’s passion for storytelling and attention to detail help create films rich in visual texture and narrative depth.
Hardwicke’s most recent film, Miss You Already, available on DVD in March, is an intimate look at the lives of two dynamic best friends and their families as they go through very challenging times. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bisset, Miss You Already premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. Also in 2015, Hardwicke directed the video for the Oscar nominated song by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren: “Til It Happens to You.” The video highlights the rape crisis on college campuses as exposed in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.”
Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which garnered numerous awards and nominations including the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Golden Globe nominations for Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Holly Hunter and an Independent Spirit Award for Nikki Reed.
She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office . Her book, The Twilight Director’s Notebook, was an international best seller, translated into 20 languages. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, Plush, and PSA’s for the National Women’s History Museum and We the Economy.
Hardwicke has recently ventured into television, directing episodes of HELL ON WHEELS, LOW WINTER SUN and the pilot of RECKLESS. She is currently in development on her original series idea, Starchitects, at USA.
Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. She frequently works as a mentor at labs for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and the Ghetto Film School.