A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky in my own backyard.
Published February 12th 2015
Billy Connolly stars in heart-warming British movie
Either love him or hate him, there is no denying Billy Connolly is a big man with a big presence and on the big screen he shines larger than life.
What We Did On Our Holiday is the first feature film from the creative team of Guy Jenkins and Andy Hamilton (Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey ) which has Billy Connolly starring as Grandpa Gordie McCloud. Billy Connolly more than shines as Gordie - he radiates a joy of life, a warmth of spirit and a queer and quirky sense of humour only the young at heart can appreciate. It is a shame then that Gordie who is celebrating his 75th birthday, is dying.
What We Did On Our Holiday poster
The story revolves around Doug (David Tenant ) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) taking their three children on a trip to the Scottish highlands to visit for Gordie's lavish birthday party as "it might be his last".
Dysfunctional and fighting, they are in the midst of a difficult divorce which they are trying to keep a secret. Throw in Doug's wealthy brother Gavin (Ben Miller) and wife Margaret (Amelia Bullmore) and the feuding really begins, forcing Gordie to retreat from the chaos of party planners to spend a tranquil day at the beach with his three grandchildren, Lottie, Mickey and Jess. He teaches the children to live more and think less, that the waters of the North Atlantic sea are cold, and most importantly he teaches them all that "every human being on this planet is ridiculous in their own way. So we shouldn't judge, we shouldn't fight, because in the end... in the end, none of it matters. None of the stuff."
This is a quiet, heart-warming movie the British do so brilliantly. It will have you laughing and crying and it will lift your spirits higher than the Scottish highlands. I dare you to leave this movie without a smile on your face and a spring in your step.