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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.


Ben Wheatley


Ben Wheatley (script)
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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 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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The pub featured in the film is the Royal Portland Arms in Fortuneswell, on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. It was frequented by King George III on his visits to Portland in the 1790s and 1800s. See more »


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Not a British Festen
2 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Ben Wheatley is a versatile director who will try his hand in any genre. This is not a guy who wants to be pigeonholed.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead comes across as a modern Play for Today with Mike Leigh type improvisation. It was even co-produced by BBC Films.

The film aims to be Festen but is nowhere near as good.

I expected a dark tragicomedy and this fell way short. Maybe there was not enough time or money to work out the story.

Wheatley regular Neil Maskell is Colin Burstead who for various reasons is hosting a grand New Year's Eve party for his extended family at a country mansion that he has hired.

Colin believes in the importance of the family but yet seems impatient when they arrive. His demeanour is that of a man who is certainly not looking for a good time.

His dad is in financial trouble because he has lost money on a business venture. Colin gets upset when his philandering younger brother shows up, a man who abandoned his wife and kids.

Somewhere in here is a morality tale about broken, brexit Britain. I did not find it.

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26 December 2019 (New Zealand) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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