You may recognise Ben Wheatley’s new film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead from our top ten films of the year list.
The British comedy film ranked at number nine on our roundup of the best cinematic endeavours of 2018, and will be making its television premiere tonight on BBC2 at 22:30. It will also be available on iplayer when it has finished airing, however, this is one you’ll want to catch up on before the year comes to a close.
The film stars Neil Maskell as Colin, who hires out a grand country manor for his extended family to come together and celebrate the new year. As tends to be the case with family gatherings, the atmosphere soon takes an unexpected turn, particularly when the arrival of Colin’s brother David (Sam Riley) takes certain family members by complete surprise. The comedy is cleverly observed, and hearkens back to Wheatley’s directorial feature-debut Down Terrace, a wonderfully subversive British gangster film. The acting is spectacular, and features the talents of Joe Cole, Asim Chaudhry, Charles Dance and many others.
(L-R) Richard Glover, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sinead Matthews, guest, guest, Mark Monero, Sura Dohnke, Ben Wheatley, Peter Ferdinando, Sarah Baxendale, Andrew Starke, guest, Sam Riley and...
Wheatley has made some brilliant low-budget British films - most notably Kill List - but has also taken more general audiences by storm with such terrific efforts as High-rise and Free Fire. Now, he seems to have gone back to his roots with this wildly hysterical and dramatic take on William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is one of Wheatley’s best films, and one of the best of 2018. It should not be missed.
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