❉ Rook Films announce Q&A UK tour for Ben Wheatley’s new film ahead of its Christmas release on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.
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Not wanting to break with tradition Ben Wheatley’s seventh feature film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, will follow up its hugely successful BFI London Film Festival premiere earlier this month by going on tour. There will be preview screenings with Q&A’s around the country in November and early December ahead of its Christmas release on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, in a unique partnership with BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Two.
The film has a fantastic British ensemble cast 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.
The film 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.
Wheatley is currently writing an extended TV series featuring the same characters for future broadcast.
Ben Wheatley will take part in Q&A’s in the following cities:
❉ Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse Nov 2nd – 8.30pm (Leeds Film Festival) Link
❉ London BFI Southbank Nov 20th – 6pm Link
❉ Brighton Duke of Yorks Nov 23rd – 6.15pm (Cinecity Film Festival) Link
❉ Exeter Phoenix Nov 25th – 1pm Link
❉ Bristol Watershed Nov 25th – 6pm Link
❉ Birmingham Electric Nov 26th – 8pm Link
❉ Newcastle Tyneside Nov 27th – 6.10pm Link
❉ Liverpool FACT Nov 28th – 8.30pm Link
❉ Glasgow GFT Nov 29th – 8.15pm Link
❉ Manchester HOME Nov 30th – 8.30pm Link
❉ Nottingham Broadway Dec 1st – 8pm Link
About Rook Films
Rook Films was formed in 2008 by screenwriter Amy Jump, producer Andy Starke and director Ben Wheatley. Rook has made 6 films with Wheatley including, Free Fire, which won the Midnight Madness Audience Award at its world premiere at TIFF 2016 and was the closing night gala at LFF16. Jim Hosking’s cult classic The Greasy Strangler premiered at the Sundance Film festival and won BIFA and Empire awards for Best Comedy. His latest feature An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn will be released by Universal in 2018. Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy was the best reviewed film at TIFF 15 and his new film IN FABRIC premieres at TIFF18. Rook has a slate of movies and television in production and development with directors Ashim Ahluwalia, Justin Anderson, Brandon Cronenberg, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Kier-La Janisse, Richard Littler and Ben Rivers.
❉ Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Soundtrack by Clint Mansell is available from Amazon Digital.
❉ News source: Zoe Flower Publicity/Rook Films
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