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New Year's Day (2000)

Two 17-year-old boys mark the new year by doing twelve dangerous but exciting tasks set for them by their friends.


Suri Krishnamma


Ralph Brown (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lee Potts ... Jake
Bobby Barry Bobby Barry ... Steven
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Veronica
Anastasia Hille ... Shelley
Jacqueline Bisset ... Geraldine
Michael Kitchen ... Robin
Sue Johnston ... Mrs. Fisher
Ralph Brown ... Mr. Diamond
Gregg Prentice Gregg Prentice ... Ben
Zoe Thorne ... Trout
Hannah Faulkner Hannah Faulkner ... Vicky
Liam Barr Liam Barr ... Grebe
Ryan Davenport Ryan Davenport ... Aziz
Emilie François Emilie François ... Heather (as Emilie Frabcois)
Nicole Charles Nicole Charles ... Luanda


Two teenage boys decide to live for one more year then commit suicide after their classmates are killed in a school tragedy. But they can only take their own lives after completing a mysterious series of tasks written in blood in "The Book Of Life". Written by Ralph Brown

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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un été pour tout vivre See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Superb indie film that deserves a general release
5 April 2000 | by willum-2See all my reviews

I saw this film at a student screening at the Duke Of Yorks in Brighton...i was incredibly impressed. The plot is well thought out if a little cluttered and the screenplay creates two believable teenage characters. Not the stereotypes that often appear in cinema. The makers also avoided the 'gritty realism' angle so often favoured by British independent film makers.

The cinematography is beautiful and no time is wasted trying to justify the two characters actions. Audiences are left to make up their own minds about the moral implications and justifications of the 'tasks'. And crucially..a happy ending is avoided without making the audience leave the cinema depressed.

Some criticisms can be levelled at New Years Day, the plot is cluttered, and budget limitations mean the first 20 minutes are annoyingly difficult follow..and the fake snow is blatantly fake. The characters Jake and Steven spend the film mourning are not sufficiently created to allow for real sympathy for them. The ending is also weird although it is hard find a better way to conclude and after listening to the directors justifications I am inclined to agree that this is the best way to end.

All in all a superb British film that avoids the costume drama and gritty realism cliches in favour of an entertaining plot that makes you think. SOMEONE PUTS THIS FILM ON COMMERCIAL RELEASE...THE PUBLIC NEEDS IT!!!

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