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Travelling Film Showcase - Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Unclassified 18+

Director: Ben Wheatley Country: UK (2018)
Language: English

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“Ben Wheatley strips things way back for his nerve-raddled family reunion comedy, and the result is one of his best, most fluid films.” – Variety

Colin Burstead plans to ring in the new year with his extended family at a lavish country mansion. Burstead family gatherings are usually explosive affairs, but Colin is determined that this one will go smoothly. Unfortunately, his plan is stymied by the reappearance of his brother David, the family’s black sheep. As tensions rise and the clock ticks towards midnight, the one thing the Bursteads can count on is plenty of fireworks.

Acclaimed director and MIFF mainstay Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, MIFF 2016) returns to his domestic drama roots, albeit with the abrasive comedic streak that peppered his films Sightseers (MIFF 2012) and Free Fire. Filmed on the Isle of Portland off England’s south coast with a superb, semi-improvising cast – including Neil Maskel (Kill List, MIFF 2011) and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance – Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is at times almost Shakespearian, a sense that is only sharpened by Clint Mansell’s lute-heavy score. The threat of all-out chaos is ever-present as tensions escalate with every scene, while Wheatley’s signature hilarity ensures his latest is as entertaining as it is on brand.

“Unforgiving writing gives it a deadpan backbone of brilliance … Wheatley paces the story to build, leaving room for horror or lunacy to unfold in the name of provocation.” – Sight & Sound

Tickets

TFS10
Sat 31 Aug 6:00 pm [TFS10]
The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
TFS42
Sun 15 Sep 4:00 pm [TFS42]
Mansfield Armchair Cinemas Wheelchair Access
Past event
TFS50
Sat 05 Oct 1:00 pm [TFS50]
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Alexandra Maria Lara, Asim Chaudry, Bill Paterson, Charles Dance, Doon Mackichan, Hayley Squires, Joe Cole, Mark Monero, Marvin Maskell, Neil Maskell, Nicole Nettleingham, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Sam Riley, Sarah Baxendale, Sinead Matthews, Sudha Bhuchar, Sura Dohnke, Vincent Ibrahim
Director
Ben Wheatley
Producers
Andrew Starke, Michael S. Constable
Screenwriter
Ben Wheatley
Cinematographer
Laurie Rose
Composer
Clint Mansell
Editor
Ben Wheatley
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Limelight Distribution

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