• Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.

    Directed by Ben Wheatley
    UK | 95 minutes | U.S. Premiere | Modern Masters

Mild-mannered Colin (Neil Maskell) invites his extended family to ring in the New Year at a mansion in the English countryside where dysfunction flows as freely as the champagne in this fast-paced, firecracker of a new comedy from director Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High-Rise).

film synopsis

A grand, sprawling mansion in the English countryside is transformed into a minefield of harbored resentments and unearthed family secrets in director Ben Wheatley’s latest acidic ensemble comedy. Colin (Neil Maskell, star of Wheatley’s 2011 breakout hit Kill List) has his heart in the right place when he welcomes his immediate and extended family to ring in the New Year together at a remote villa, but as the champagne flows and the guests pile in — including Colin’s estranged brother David (Sam Riley, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), his terminally ill Uncle Bertie (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones), and David’s shifty girlfriend Hannah (Alexandra Maria Lara, Geostorm) — old wounds tear open, and the celebration devolves into a tug-of-war of shifting power dynamics, unexpected loyalties, and explosive catharsis. Shedding the genre adornments of his recent thrill rides Free Fire and High-Rise, Wheatley trades bullets for razor-sharp one-liners in this fast-paced, deliciously dysfunctional firecracker of a comedy that plays like Robert Altman on a caffeine high.

film details

Director: Ben Wheatley
Producers: Andy Starke
Screenwriter: Ben Wheatley
Cinematographers: Laurie Rose
Editor: Ben Wheatley
Music: Clint Mansell
Cast: Neil Maskell, Hayley Squires, Sam Riley, Doon Mackichan
Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2018
Running Time: 95 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Primary Company: Goalpost Film/The Festival Agency

director biography

2019 Film Festival