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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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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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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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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

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Rook Films, BBC Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The country manor featured in the film is Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, which was built in 1797-1800 for John Penn, Governor of Portland and grandson of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. See more »

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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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Should old acquaintance be forgot? Yes.
11 November 2018 | by HuddsOnSee all my reviews

Fractious family gatherings, especially those marking a holiday or life event, are a staple of Anglophone popular culture. What Ben Wheatley seems to have done in this comedy-drama is to take this situation, although with a larger than average cast, and assume the script for a comedy-drama would just write itself. But a New Year's Eve drinks party just isn't a sufficiently high-concept idea to sustain a satisfactory full-length movie without character arcs, dramatic tension, or a plot, which are sadly deficient here.

It is filmed in an exaggerated docu-soap style, with shaky camerawork, zip pans and sudden focus changes, which many viewers will no doubt find jarring or pretentious. It wasn't this, however, that I had a problem with, so much as the structure. With such a bewildering number of characters, little attempt to provide any back-story for them before the party, and no real central protagonist, it is difficult to care much about any of the people in this movie, and the dramatic potential of the set-up is largely squandered. For me, the only truly dramatic or intense moment was Colin's rant at his serial-adulterer, family-abandoning brother David, who has arrived with his German girlfriend, about a third of the way in.

I did not feel that the dialogue was particularly witty or incisive either - the only line that stuck in my mind was when Colin was setting up the sound system and says "we have to have a disco, because if they don't dance, they fight."

The themes of indebtedness and financial embarrassment are touched on and there's even a very perfunctory conversation between two characters about Brexit and party politics, but it doesn't go anywhere with these ideas, and in the subsequent Q&A I found the director's claim that he was making, as he put it, "a film about the 'now'", to be somewhat hollow.

The country house is a nice location visually, it has a consistent visual style and a strong cast, but I don't think I can give it more than 5/10.


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