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Mischief Night (2006)

About two families (one white, one Asian) who come together unexpectedly on a local night of carnival trickery and festivity.


Penny Woolcock


Penny Woolcock




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelli Hollis Kelli Hollis ... Tina Crabtree
James Foster James Foster ... Kev Crabtree
Michael Taylor Michael Taylor ... Tyler Crabtree
Holly Kenny Holly Kenny ... Kimberley Crabtree
Jake Hayward Jake Hayward ... Macauley Crabtree
Ramon Tikaram ... Immie Khan (as Ramon Tickaram)
Qasim Akhtar ... Asif Khan
Sarah Byrne Sarah Byrne ... Sarina Khan
Shobu Kapoor ... Mrs Khan
Harmage Singh Kalirai ... Mr Khan
Shaida Chaudhury Shaida Chaudhury ... Nafisa Khan
Arfan Nazir Arfan Nazir ... Mohammed Khan
Hamayoun Al-Rashid Hamayoun Al-Rashid ... Kamal Khan (as Humyoon Al Rashid)
H. Abdul Islam H. Abdul Islam ... Grandpa Khan
Mrs. Ali Mrs. Ali ... Grandma Khan (as Mrs Ali)


About two families (one white, one Asian) who come together unexpectedly on a local night of carnival trickery and festivity.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Release Date:

3 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Нощта на палавниците See more »

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Did You Know?


Ollie: Isn't she a smack addict?
Macauley: Yeah
Clay: My mum's a smack addict
Zak: My mum's a dinner lady
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Follows Tina Takes a Break (2001) See more »


Performed by Swami
Written by Diamond Duggal & Casey Rain (as S-Endz)
Courtesy of DesiRock/Cigale Entertainment
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Sunny and Witty...
25 January 2013 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

Pushed somewhat as being the 'new' East Is East and from the producers of 'Shameless', the scatological Manchester-set socio-comic series on Channel 4, director Penny Woolcock's 'Mischief Night' celebrates the racial (dis)harmonies of a Leeds estate, between a Pakistani family and a white one.

Starting breezily, giddily even, with laugh-out-loud capers as our characters are introduced by the endearing, if down-to-earth - and often, very earthy - mother of the white family, played by an impressive and natural Kelli Hollis, we are lead on an enjoyable journey of the lighter - and darker - side of living on the dole in the noughties.

For pretty well the entire movie, the positive aspects of chaotic lives are highlighted and most of the outdoor scenes feature bright, yellow sunshine, the negative ones dealt with a knowing comic overtone, which could be argued does not portray real life but first you have to get people to watch your film, not run a dour documentary, the like of which we could endure on BBC2 almost anytime. Many scenes about drugs reminded me of another favourite film of mine, the 'Welsh Trainspotting' "Twin Town".

Anyway, the story basically covers a week leading up to the Mischief Night, a big excuse for trick and treating , but with pyrotechnics and, oh, yes, a hot-air balloon!, which is at Halloween, though with school kids without coats, or blazers, points at filming being in the summer, but who cares? Kelli Hollis' character, whose partner/husband/boyfriend (lucky dip choice!) has done a runner (again) and she's now got her beady and lustful eye on Asian hunk Ramon Tikarum.

Mischief Night can be enjoyed when (I'm sure!) suitably imbibed yourself with friends as it can be on your own as that bright and breezy socio- comedy I mentioned. There's also enough going on, with both visual and written puns for a repeated viewing (or two!)

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