Mischief Night

Mischief Night

Penny Woolcock (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Penny Woolcock's Leeds-set comedy drama offers a wonderfully vibrant and inclusive take on contemporary Britain. Shot in Beeston and largely cast with non-professional actors, it feels refreshingly authentic. Kelli Hollis (star of Woolcock's made-for-TV Tina Goes Shopping and Tina Takes a Break) again plays single mum Tina, who lives in an area divided between whites and Asians. As the traditional early November celebration of Mischief Night approaches, tensions are simmering, and Tina and old flame Immie Khan (Ramon Tikaram) are caught on the racial fault line. Woolcock's not afraid of tackling taboos, from radical Islam to heroin addiction, and pulls off the quite remarkable feat of making no problem seem impossible of being salved - if not solved - by the power of laughter.


A racially divided Leeds housing estate prepares for Mischief Night, an annual event where mayhem and anarchy are tolerated. In the middle of the chaos, a 12-year-old white girl ventures into an Asian neighbourhood in search of her father, whom her mother had falsely claimed was dead. She is aided on her journey by Asif, the younger brother of her mother's ex-boyfriend - unexpectedly bringing both their families together. Comedy drama, starring Kelli Hollis and Ramon Tikaram.

Cast & Crew

Tina Kelli Hollis
Kimberley Holly Kenny
Tyler Michael Taylor (3)
Macauley Jake Hayward
Immie Ramon Tikaram
Sarina Sarah Byrne
Asif Qasim Akhtar
Kev James Foster
Mrs Khan Shobu Kapoor
Nafisa Shaida Chaudhury
Director Penny Woolcock
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Other Information

Language: English, Urdu +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Verve PicturesGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 3 Nov 2006