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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018)

Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.

Director:

Ben Wheatley

Writer:

Ben Wheatley
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Maskell ... Colin
Sura Dohnke ... Val
Marvin Maskell Marvin Maskell ... Baby Jamie
Nicole Nettleingham Nicole Nettleingham ... Fran
Doon Mackichan ... Sandy
Bill Paterson ... Gordon
Hayley Squires ... Gini
Mark Monero ... Warren
Richard Glover ... Lord Richard
Sudha Bhuchar Sudha Bhuchar ... Maya
Vincent Ebrahim Vincent Ebrahim ... Nikhil
Sinead Matthews ... Lainey
Sarah Baxendale ... Paula
Charles Dance ... Bertie
Joe Cole ... Ed
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Storyline

Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Colin You Anus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rook Films, BBC Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The band seen playing in the pub is the cult Leeds band 'The Reacharounds'. Their song "Married To The Mob" (from 2018 album "Guitarmaggedon") can be heard during the films credits and fittingly tells the tale of a dysfunctional family. See more »

Soundtracks

Whispering Gallery
Performed by NHK yx KOYXEN (feat XIX)
Written by Kouhei Matsunaga
Courtesy of Diagonal Records
By Arrangement with Woodwork Music
Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.
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glad I got my family Xmas out of the way before seeing this
31 December 2018 | by gilleliathSee all my reviews

The curious thing about this, from a young and supposedly edgy director, is how conventional it is - exactly the sort of thing that would be shown as a Christmas Play For Today 30-40 years ago, and has been done much better in films like The Family Stone. The characters' actions are often implausible, many of the characters themselves are superfluous (or there only to widen the demographic net) and, although if you persevere to the end it's not entirely negative, it is certainly drab and depressing. A lot of the dialogue sounds improv and, as another reviewer says, they seem to have thought that if they got a decent cast together and workshopped it something good would just magically emerge.

And what bloody awful musical taste the family has! We had to keep turning the volume down during the 'disco' scenes. I didn't mind the actual soundtrack music, though, and there are no 'Irish jigs' - it sounds more like the Elizabethan Session or something similar.


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