New Year's Day

A Britflick with a difference - and timely, given its concern with the angry, grief-stricken difficulties of finding anchorage in a world suddenly altered by major loss. When teenagers Jake (Potts) and Steven (Barry) wake up in an ethereal foreign ward as the only survivors of a school skiing trip disaster, they resolve to cheat fate and commit suicide in 12 months, after completing a series of tasks compiled from the video-filmed wishes of their dead friends. These are generally the black-humoured stuff of adolescent aspiration, but the pair soon raise the stakes, which puts them increasingly at odds with their counsellor and their families. It's an effective move to take a familiar youth mindset - the rebellious, death-inspired desire for liberation from conventional codes of behaviour - and situate it in a narrative where it's believably sustained as a response to crisis. But, wanting to play both as heightened realism and as parable, the film's texture is uneven and its tone is uncertain.

By: GE

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Suri Krishnamma
Screenwriter: Ralph Brown
Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Anastasia Hille
Andrew Lee Potts
Bobby Barry
Michael Kitchen
Sue Johnston
Ralph Brown
Jacqueline Bisset
Gregg Prentice

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5 / 5

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I loved this movie. Actors are great, the theme is great, and love Bobby Barry:)