“Happy-Go-Lucky”, an effervescent new comedy from writer and director Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), comes to DVD on March 10 from Miramax Films. “Happy-Go-Lucky’s” upbeat look at the life of an irrepressible optimist earned Leigh a 2009 Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now even more irresistible on DVD with intriguing new bonus features, this feel-great comedy is a walk on the sunny side of the street with an endearing and inspiring heroine.
In a joyful star turn that earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical, Sally Hawkins (Cassandra’s Dream, Vera Drake) headlines as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited teacher with an infectious laugh and an unshakably positive outlook. Written and directed by Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky” was filmed in his signature improvisational style, and also stars Eddie Marsan (Hancock)
Critics praised “Happy-Go-Lucky” for its infectious buoyancy, skillful performances and astonishing humanity. Claudia Puig of USA Today declared it “a rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought provoking.” “Heartfelt and hilarious, it’s more than a movie, it’s a gift,” enthuses Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal raves,” “Wonderful! Sally Hawkins gives an astonishing performance!” And Thelma Adams of US Weekly marvels, “This movie made me blissfully happy.”
“Happy-Go-Lucky” was an Official Selection at the New York, Toronto, Berlin, and Telluride Film Festivals. It has earned a host of honors including a Golden Bear nomination for Leigh and a Best Actress Award for Hawkins at the Berlin Film Festival. The actress also received the Breakthrough Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, plus Best Actress nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, the European Film Awards and the Satellite Awards. The Norwegian International Film Festival presented Leigh with its Bringer of Joy Award for most enjoyable movie.
DVD Bonus Features
- Audio Commentary by director Mike Leigh and actress Sally Hawkins
- Happy in Character – Director Mike Leigh and the cast of “Happy-Go-Lucky” discuss the characters, story, process and creation of the film.
- Behind the Wheel of “Happy-Go-Lucky” – A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the film’s “studio on wheels,” and a conversation with cast and crew about what it was like to to shoot so many crucial scenes behind the wheel of a car in actual traffic.