What We Did On Our Holiday

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2015
Director: Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin
Cast: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher, The World's End), David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), Billy Connolly (The Hobbit, Quartet, Gulliver's Travels), Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Into the Woods), Emilia Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Utopia), Bobby Smalldridge (Foster), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason , Love Punch), Ben Miller (Johnny English, The Prince & Me)

A hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempts to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.

Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party, where it's soon clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps their children are their biggest liability.

From nine year old Lottie's notebook to keep track of the lies so she remembers which ones to tell, to four year old Jess's perverse attachment to a brick named Norman, for their parents a week has never seemed such a long time.

But it's middle child Mickey and his granddad's shared passion for Vikings which gives rise to the most far-reaching and unexpected consequences. When a day at the beach turns to tragedy, the children take matters into their own hands.

From the creators of hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered – What We Did On Our Holiday is funny, honest and ultimately uplifting....

  • Mooie recensie van FilmVandaag!
    Hartverwarmende komedie
    Tegen de achtergrond van de prachtige Schotse natuur is de uitkomst vooral dat na de onverwachte wending aan het strand de kinderen het meest volwassenen zijn en dat hun ouders uiteindelijk inzien dat ze zich de hele tijd als kleuters gedragen hebben. What We Did on Our Holiday is een echt Britse komedie geworden met soms heerlijke zwarte humor, maar waarin ook plaats is voor een hartverwarmend verhaal.
    Lees de hele recensie op
  • What We Did on Our Holiday is een sterk familiedrama, dat doordrenkt is met zwarte humor. Het acteerwerk is van hoog niveau, waarbij het vooral opvalt dat de kinderen de acteurs van naam weten te overtreffen en de film eigenhandig naar een hoger niveau brengen. Leuk is hoe dat onbedoeld letterlijk in de film terugkomt als de ouders luisteren naar hoe de kinderen hun en de wereld zien. Lees de hele review op Filmdomein!
  • Konden we deze zomer maar één mainstreamfilm bezoeken, dan maakte deze grappige, lieve en slimme komedie een grote kans! What We Did on Our Holiday is een komedie met een opvallend hoge grapdichtheid. Die grappen zijn meestal nog geslaagd ook. Dat het duistere onderwerp niet vloekt met de grappen, komt door het perspectief. We kijken voornamelijk door de ogen van de kinderen, en dan zijn zo'n stervende opa en zo'n echtscheiding – behalve een beetje droevig – toch ook wel erg interessant. Bovendien neemt opa, een ouwe hippie met een grijze paardenstaart, dat sterven niet al te zwaar op. Hij is voor 84% Viking, misschien dat dat iets verklaart.
    Wat sterk in het voordeel spreekt van deze komedie is zijn totale Britsheid. De afgelopen decennia keken de meeste mainstreamkomedies uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk met een schuin oog naar de overkant van de oceaan. Steeds weer moest er een Amerikaanse acteur opduiken en steeds weer werd de typisch Britse humor overgoten met een flinke Hollywoodsaus, inclusief dikke Hollywoodmoraal. In 'What We Did on Our Holiday' niets van dat alles. De moraal is nonchalant Brits en de humor is (meestal) scherp en oneerbiedig.
    Ook in zijn uitwerking scoren de makers een dikke voldoende. Het acteren is van hoog niveau, met onze favoriete Schotten David Tennant en Billy Connolly en de geweldige Rosamund Pike ('Gone Girl') voorop. Maar ook de kinderrollen zijn prima bezet, met de 13-jarige veterane Emilia Jones als grootste attractie. De beelden van het ruige Schotland wekken vakantiegevoelens en de heerlijke folkdeuntjes van The Waterboys geven de film iets feestelijk nostalgisch.
    Lees de hele recensie op Cinemagazine!
  • Luchtige en amusante familiekomedie over het ophouden van de schijn. Met een glansrol voor Billy Connolly als vrijgevochten grootvader die met één been in het graf staat, maar desondanks nog alles uit het leven wil halen.
    Lees de hele recensie op Filmtotaal
  • Mark Kermode (BBC) reviews What We Did on Our Holiday:
  • It's impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin – effectively a feature-format development of their smash-hit BBC TV comedy, Outnumbered, which pioneered semi-improvised dialogue from the children. It creates a terrifically ambitious (and unexpected) narrative with a tonne of sharp gags. Very impressive and likable stuff.
  • I'm happy to say that I stepped out of the cinema stunned that What We Did On Our Holiday worked so well. This is an important lesson in not prejudging films and proof that worthwhile movies can come from some pretty unlikely places. Very Good.
  • David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, as an unhappily married couple, are the headline names in this disarming comedy drama, but it's the kids who are the real stars. The tonal shifts can be a touch jarring, but there is a thin line between comedy and tragedy that is all the more poignant seen through innocent eyes.
  • Even the sentiment works rather well, with everything and everyone settling into place in time for a really quite touching finale. What We Did On Our Holiday doesn't just concern itself with the daily hassles of raising a family, but towards the end it dares to deal with the big stuff too — divorce, depression and death. Before long audiences will be able to enjoy What We Did On Our Holiday at home, where it belongs — for there really is quite a bit to enjoy.
  • This is a cute, gently arch comedy about a splintering couple (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) taking their three children to their grandad's (Billy Connolly) birthday party and trying not to let on that they're divorcing. Mostly it's hugely likable, with particularly good scenes between the kids and Connolly. A cute and charming comedy.
  • A terrific feat of sparkling comedy and sentiment. Hilarious and touching, this is one of the best British comedies in years. 5* review.
  • Little terrors and big laughs. 4* review.
  • Connolly, Tennant and, especially, Rosamund Pike are terrific, the latter a masterful still point amongst the chaos, playing it just straight enough to keep us believing. As with Outnumbered, of course, the true stars are the children - and Emelia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull do a good job, with the majority of the best lines. What We Did on Our Holiday emerges as a hugely likeable, original and even daring example of British family film-making.
  • “Holiday” does a good job of making the young characters look terrifically spontaneous, and the adult cast is rife with expertise: Pike is both frazzled and dry, while Tennant proves that his wide-eyed intensity works as well as a comic tic as it does when he’s playing an existentially tortured bloke in more serious fare.
  • Written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, who are legends of British television, the screenplay sneaks in its most impressive efforts wonderfully, leaving them on the level of things we aren’t pretentious enough to think we need to explain. Mostly a film about what we do and don’t say to people, and why, it is perhaps only one young girl’s struggle to figure out that “honest,” and, “honest with someone,” are different things, and one of them is kind of crap.
  • Jones and Connolly have terrific chemistry, particularly as Lottie works through the fact that adults encourage dishonesty and lying when it suits their own needs, and that secrets are more pervasive than openness.
  • At times, What We Did On Our Holiday even resembles a peacetime version of John Boorman’s 1987 child’s-eye World War II memoir Hope And Glory, with its disarming mix of death and euphoria. That’s high praise indeed.
  • Bright, lively and funny.

You, Me and Him

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 1 februari 2018
Director: Daisy Aitkens
Cast: David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods, Bad Teacher, Dinner for Schmucks, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Pride), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Trilogy, Veep)

YOU, ME AND HIM is a witty romantic comedy set in middle class England about two female lovers, one a career driven lawyer (Lucy Punch) and the other a fun loving, pot smoking layabout (Faye Marsay); and their annoying Casanova neighbour (David Tennant).  While neither woman ever wanted children, both end up pregnant, creating conflicts that cause each to re-examine their outlook on life and the relationship. YOU, ME AND HIM brings humour, controversy, tears and surprises that will keep audiences in fits of laughter from the opening credits to the final curtain.

  • Wat overigens ook heel verrassend is, is dat ‘You, Me and Him’ ook nog weet te raken op verschillende momenten. Dit valt wederom te wijten aan sterk spel, vooral van Faye Marsay die haar stoere en vrije karakter ook een zachte en emotionele kant weet te geven. Hele review hier.
  • You, Me & Him jogs on at a sprightly pace with laughs aplenty and will, undoubtedly, warm the cockles of your heart. David more comedy! Daisy Aitkens...write and direct more films!
  • an honest portrait of the complexity of real life relationships as many people experience them – something mainstream cinema needs more of.
  • The film is overall lightweight but takes a meaningful look at the serious issues of LGBT love (not a “large sandwich” as the film jokes) and the multifaceted intricacies of modern relationships. With three wonderful showings from Punch, Marsay and Tennant, the film is an enjoyable romp with plenty of laughs without forgetting the affectionate support needed for mothers, fathers and partners.
  • TheHollywoodNews.xom: You, Me and Him is quite the delight; it’s hilarious and charmingly executed with enough heart and passion behind its story to keep you smiling and keep you entertained for its runtime.