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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (15)
+ Directors Q&A
Dir. Ben Wheatley
Neil Maskell, Hayley Squires, Sam Riley, Charles Dance,
95 Mins, 2018, UK
Colin has rented a stately country home for his extended family’s New Year celebrations. He’s the centre of attention – though not always pleasantly so – until his estranged brother David unexpectedly arrives.
David’s appearance, after a five-year absence, throws the family dynamic far off orbit.
Shot in under two weeks, HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD demonstrates Wheatley’s skill with drama and characterisation has been in evidence since his early features Down Terrace and Kill List, but it’s a delight to see it go full frontal here, brought to life by an ensemble so uniformly good it makes name checking only a few feel perverse.
Do we have enough booze? Who’s got the tunes? Who invited her? What is uncle wearing? Anyone who has lived through an increasingly drunken and disastrous big family ‘do’ will hoot – and cringe – in recognition.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ben Wheatley and producer Andy Starke hosted by John Sealey.