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The Party's Just Beginning (2018)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 December 2018 (Canada)
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When her best friend takes his own life, Liusaidh has to deal with stresses of such a situation.


Karen Gillan


Karen Gillan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Gillan ... Liusaidh
Lee Pace ... Dale
Matthew Beard ... Alistair
Paul Higgins ... Liusaidh's Dad
Siobhan Redmond ... Liusaidh's Mum
Jamie Quinn ... Ben
Rachel Jackson ... Donna
Lesley Harcourt ... Sheena
Daniela Nardini
Julie Graham
Ralph Riach ... The Caller
Paul Tinto ... Peter
David McKay David McKay ... Alistair's Dad
Duncan Brown Duncan Brown ... Andrew
Joe Cassidy Joe Cassidy ... Carer


In a bleak Inverness midwinter, Luisaidh is careering off the rails after the suicide of her best friend. She medicates her misery with joyless sex, chips and a belief in the power of positive drinking. Surrounded by bittersweet memories, she struggles to find someone to talk to or some reason to make life worthwhile at the most stressful time of the year. Written by AnonymousB

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


In one of the scenes, Liusaidh and her mother talk about the recommendations given to the young lady by a person called Dr. Smith. Matt Smith played the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) and Karen Gillan starred there as his long-time companion. When asked about the matching names in a Q&A session, Gillan was sincerely surprised and stated that this is a coincidence. See more »

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Notable directorial debut.
15 November 2019 | by patriciogl10See all my reviews

I've loved Karen Gillan ever since Doctor Who and I've followed her career since then. Her debut as a director comes off as true to herself, as if every single step was made with Karen's approval first. This film feels so determined in the story it wants to tell and absolutely commited to its characters and plot development. Karen's performance is also admirable as she turns into this reckless person who is struggling to cope with loss. I'm glad she chose to deal with heavy themes like this because it's important to make them visible for anyone out there who may feel identified with such a troubled state of mind.

It's a great first effort for her and hopefully she will continue down this path of making small but highly compelling indie films. If her future endeavours are also set in her native Scotland, it will certainly add a much more absorbing atmosphere, since she really succeeded in capturing a strong sense of Scotland's environment. It's what she knows, so if she embraces her roots she could even make Scotland as if it was another character, much like Woody Allen did with New York or Jean-Luc Godard did with Paris. By all means, Karen, be my guest and keep doing your thing, I'm excited for more.

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7 December 2018 (Canada) See more »

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$2,770, 9 December 2018

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