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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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Credited cast:
Karen Gillan ... Liusaidh
Lee Pace ... Dale
Matthew Beard ... Alistair
Paul Higgins ... Liusaidh's Dad
Siobhan Redmond ... Liusaidh's Mum
Rachel Jackson ... Donna
Jamie Quinn ... Ben
Lesley Harcourt ... Sheena
Matthew Zajac ... Underwear Man
Paul Tinto ... Peter
Kristopher Blair ... Chav Friend
Ian Sheepie Smith Ian Sheepie Smith ... Chav Guy
Stephen Nelson Stephen Nelson ... Chip Shop Guy
Andrew McAlindon Andrew McAlindon ... Barman
Erin Mullin Erin Mullin ... Donnas step daughter


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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Release Date:

7 December 2018 (Canada) See more »

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$2,770, 9 December 2018

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The new title for this movie: 'The Party's Just Beginning', was revealed 04/21/17 on Karen Gillan's Instagram, where she shared an exclusive shot from the new film. See more »

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An assured debut from Karen Gillan
27 February 2018 | by ilovegod-45956See all my reviews

I'm not going to spoil anything here, but I will say that Karen Gillan's "The Party's Just Beginning" isn't a perfect film. There's a lot of stuff going on and not all of it gets a resolution. But it's still very well acted (Gillan's best performance yet), well written, and beautifully directed. It's a very confident debut and Gillan's voice really shines through.

I've seen reviews angry at the film, saying that it "exploits" people who identify as transgender or that she "exploits" suicide, which I think is just ridiculous. I really believe that all of that is just down to the fact that Gillan tried to include a lot of different topics and themes in this film. Some are included unsuccessfully, and the film can feel a bit overstuffed, but in my opinion, most of the themes have a good pay off.

Without spoiling anything, I can say that The Party's Just Beginning is an incredibly assured debut. It's got a strong cast, a socially relevant, poignant, and funny script, and even when it doesn't land every punch, The Party's Just Beginning is still an admirable, emotional, and immensely enjoyable directorial debut that marks Karen Gillan as an actor and a director to watch. 9 out of 10.

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