Happy New Year, Colin Burstead: Ben Wheatley’s latest heads to BBC iPlayer
Staff Reporter | On 10, Sep 2018
Ben Wheatley is teaming up with BBC iPlayer to release his latest film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.
The festive flick centres around Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) who 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.
Shot earlier this year, the film holds a mirror to the political and social situation of the country and its place in the world. It boasts a fantastic ensemble of UK talent – including Wheatley regulars Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Neil Maskell, Mark Monero and Sam Riley, along with Asim Chaudhry, Joe Cole, Charles Dance, Alexandra Maria Lara, Doon Mackichan, Sinead Matthews, Bill Paterson and Hayley Squires.
Produced by Rooks Films, it will have its world premiere in a Main Competition slot at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Following the LFF, the film will screen around the UK in a limited run of Q&A sessions and festival screenings with Wheatley and the cast. It will then land on BBC Two just in time for the Christmas holidays and will remain on BBC iPlayer for the following 12 months.
Acquired by Rose Garnett, Head of BBC Films, Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. UK sales agents Goalpost Film have also come on board and are representing the film internationally, presenting it to buyers at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
Producer Andy Starke says: “It was an amazing experience making the film with such a talented cast and crew and we are extremely pleased to be able to release the film in a way that makes sense of a very complicated releasing landscape – the BBC is the perfect home for Ben’s state of the nation drama.”
Rose Garnett, Head of BBC Films, adds: “When Andy and Ben showed Happy New Year, Colin Burstead to me and Shane Allen (Controller of BBC Comedy) we both fell for it. Funny, acute and very human, it’s a film about families at their worst and best, and a perfect bit of alternative Christmas television. We love that it’s home is the BBC.”
Wheatley is currently writing an extended TV series featuring the same characters for future broadcast.