New Year's Day


Time Out says

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.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

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