Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 20,194 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 18 April 2008 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Filming Location: Camden, London, England, UK
  • Gross: $3,494,485(USA)(18 January 2009)
  • Director: Mike Leigh
  • Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman and Samuel Roukin
  • Original Music By: Gary Yershon   
  • Soundtrack: Common People
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Teacher | Friend | Driving | Flamenco | School

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Mike Leigh  writer

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At one point, Scott guesses Poppy's age and is – by several years – incorrect. Yet, as he is her driving instructor, he would have seen her provisional driving license (as we see when they first meet), which always has the pupil's date of birth on it.

    Plot: A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. Full summary »  »

    Story: Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


    Synopsis: Poppy is a 30-year-old elementary school teacher who lives in London. She’s more upbeat than anyone I’ve ever met in real life. She dresses in colorful retro-hippie clothes and smiles and waves at strangers on the street and laughs incessantly. When she goes out clubbing she stuffs her bra because she likes the way it feels.

    Poppy can’t stand to see anyone unhappy — or even neutral. She’s undeterred by a taciturn bookstore clerk who responds to her many friendly overtures with grunts and glares. It’s unclear whether shes actually concerned about his well-being — her banter is clearly not cheering him up — or if after a while shes just sort of mocking him.

    Poppy has a ton of friends, one of whom is her roommate, and a couple of sisters and a very full life which includes bouncing on a trampoline and taking flamenco lessons. She keeps insisting that she’s perfectly happy despite the fact that she’s still single and doesn’t have kids or a mortgage, even though shes already reached the ripe old age of 30. Huh? Since when does society look askance at single 30-year-olds?

    In addition to being preternaturally carefree, Poppy is also a bit of a flake. When her bike is stolen early on in the film, she gets over it in a matter of seconds. Her only regret, she laments out loud, is that she never even had a chance to say goodbye. Since she can’t bring herself to replace her trusty steed, she decides that — global warming be damned — its time to take driving lessons.

    Poppys driving instructor is an angry, humorless racist with bad teeth named Scott. Hes in no mood for any of Poppys frivolity; to him, driving is serious business and if you fool around you will crash and you will die! Whoa. The core of Scotts driving philosophy is that one must pay constant attention to the golden triangle of mirrors: the one on the right, the one on the left, and most importantly, the rear view mirror, which he equates to the all-seeing eye on top of a pyramid. He calls this mirror Enraha. (A malapropism for Eye of Ra, maybe?)

    Every Saturday, Poppy and Scott go out for a driving lesson. Poppy keeps goofing around and trying to make small talk but Scotts hostile demeanor remains impenetrable. Enraha! he screams every time she takes the wheel. Enraha! Enraha! Enraha! Yikes.

    On the one hand, Scott is clearly a nutjob, but on the other, why does Poppy have to keep torturing him with her antics? Why cant she just shut up and concentrate on driving? I dont think I wouldve lasted five minutes with her, but Scott keeps coming back week after week because he prides himself on never having lost a student. And Poppy keeps coming back too, I guess because she sees Scott as a challenge.

    Though she refuses to play it straight during her lessons, Poppy clearly has it in her, as is demonstrated by her attempts to help a troubled little boy in her classroom. Despite this being one of the few serious parts of the movie, it was also probably my favorite, in part because it seemed so real.

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    Produced By:

    • Simon Channing Williams known as producer
    • James Clayton known as executive producer
    • Gail Egan known as executive producer
    • David Garrett known as executive producer
    • Georgina Lowe known as co-producer
    • Duncan Reid known as executive producer
    • Tessa Ross known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Sally Hawkins known as Poppy
    • Elliot Cowan known as Bookshop Assistant
    • Alexis Zegerman known as Zoe
    • Andrea Riseborough known as Dawn
    • Sinead Matthews known as Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
    • Kate O'Flynn known as Suzy
    • Sarah Niles known as Tash
    • Eddie Marsan known as Scott
    • Joseph Kloska known as Suzy's Boyfriend
    • Sylvestra Le Touzel known as Heather
    • Anna Reynolds known as Receptionist
    • Nonso Anozie known as Ezra
    • Trevor Cooper known as Patient
    • Karina Fernandez known as Flamenco Teacher
    • Philip Arditti known as Flamenco Student
    • Viss Elliot Safavi known as Flamenco Student (as Viss Elliot)
    • Rebekah Staton known as Flamenco Student
    • Jack MacGeachin known as Nick
    • Charlie Duffield known as Charlie
    • Ayotunde Williams known as Ayotunde
    • Stanley Townsend known as Tramp
    • Samuel Roukin known as Tim
    • Caroline Martin known as Helen
    • Oliver Maltman known as Jamie
    • Stephanie Cannon known as Flamenco Student (uncredited)
    • Tim Glanfield known as Man in Pub (uncredited)
    • Vesna Vujat known as Commuter (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Christine Blundell known as hair designer
    • Christine Blundell known as make up designer
    • Chloe Meddings known as makeup assistant
    • Lesa Warrener known as makeup artist (as Lesa Warner)
    • Chloe Meddings known as junior hair stylist (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Bruce Barnes known as site supervisor
    • Jon Bates known as assistant stand-by props
    • Andrea Bond known as scenic painter
    • Gillian Campbell known as scenic painter
    • Phil Claxton known as scenic painter (as Phil Claxon)
    • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
    • Matt Danko known as scenic painter
    • Quentin Davies known as prop storeman
    • Katrina Dunn known as assistant art director
    • Arwel Evans known as stand-by art director
    • David Gray known as stand-by rigger
    • Nadine Herrmann known as art department assistant
    • Jason Htay known as carpenter
    • Ben Johnson known as standby props
    • Ben Johnson known as stand-by props
    • Garry Moore known as stand-by carpenter
    • Lara Murray known as scenic painter
    • Tim Powis known as workshop supervisor
    • Kathryn Pyle known as production buyer
    • Ben Rai-Green known as carpenter
    • Ifan Ramage known as dressing props
    • Jody Raynes known as supervising scenic painter
    • Simon Scullion known as scenic painter
    • Nick Thomas known as property master
    • Mick Treend known as carpenter
    • Paul Trend known as carpenter (as Paul Treend)
    • Libby Uppington known as dressing props
    • Mark Wallis known as carpenter


    Production Companies:

    • Film4 (financed by)
    • Ingenious Film Partners
    • Summit Entertainment
    • Thin Man Films
    • UK Film Council

    Other Companies:

    • A&R Security  security
    • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance
    • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting
    • Angel Studios  music recording and mixing facility
    • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies/mobiles
    • Dining Bus Services  additional facilities
    • Exposure Lab  still processing
    • Fatts  post-production script services
    • Film Finance  completion bond
    • Fuji Photo Film  film stock provided by
    • Go Truck  additional facilities
    • Goldcrest Post Production London  post-production facilities
    • Goldcrest Post Production London  sound re-recording facility (as Goldcrest Post Production)
    • Hare In The Gate  rushes courier (as Hare in the Gate)
    • LEM Digital  avid editing equipment
    • M&C Cars  additional unit cars
    • MK Travel  unit minibuses
    • Media Services  stationery supplier
    • Midnight Digital  Dailies
    • Midnight Transfer  digital grade
    • Midnight Transfer  rushes telecine
    • Moviemakers  additional facilities
    • Movitech Camera Rentals  camera and grip equipment (as Movietech Camera Rentals)
    • On Set Location Services  location vehicles (as On-Set Locations)
    • Premier PR  publicity
    • Reed Smith Richards Butler  solicitors
    • Reel Vehicles  action vehicles
    • Spats Catering Co.  catering
    • Special Treats  epk unit


    • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • MK2 Diffusion (2008) (France) (theatrical)
    • Mikado (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
    • Miramax Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Momentum Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Nettai Museum (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • RCV Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Rialto Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
    • Sponge (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
    • TOBIS Film (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
    • Ledafilms (2009) (Mexico) (TV)
    • Maple Pictures (2008) (Canada) (all media)
    • Miramax Films (200?) (USA) (DVD)
    • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (all media)
    • Sandrews (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
    • Shani Films (2008) (Israel) (all media)
    • Universum Film (UFA) (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Vendetta Films (2008) (New Zealand) (DVD)
    • West Video (2008) (Russia) (all media)

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    Special Effects:

    • Special Effects GB (special effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Ben Bradley known as digital artist

    Release Date:

    • Germany 12 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • Ireland 21 February 2008 (Dublin Film Festival)
    • Ireland 18 April 2008
    • UK 18 April 2008
    • Netherlands 15 May 2008
    • Israel 19 June 2008
    • Australia 26 June 2008
    • Germany 3 July 2008
    • Austria 4 July 2008
    • France 18 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • UK 18 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Finland 19 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
    • Switzerland 21 August 2008 (German speaking region)
    • Belgium 27 August 2008
    • France 27 August 2008
    • Switzerland 27 August 2008 (French speaking region)
    • Finland 29 August 2008
    • USA 30 August 2008 (Telluride Film Festival)
    • Croatia 4 September 2008
    • Hong Kong 6 September 2008
    • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Denmark 12 September 2008
    • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
    • USA 27 September 2008 (New York Film Festival)
    • Greece 28 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
    • Greece 2 October 2008 (limited)
    • USA 2 October 2008 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
    • Iceland 3 October 2008
    • Mexico 4 October 2008 (Morelia Film Festival)
    • Spain 10 October 2008
    • USA 10 October 2008 (limited)
    • Poland 11 October 2008 (Warsaw International FilmFest)
    • USA 17 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • Japan 21 October 2008 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
    • Russia 13 November 2008 (limited)
    • South Korea 20 November 2008
    • Estonia 28 November 2008 (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
    • Poland 28 November 2008
    • Sweden 28 November 2008
    • Italy 5 December 2008
    • Indonesia 6 December 2008 (Jakarta International Film Festival)
    • Estonia 19 December 2008
    • South Africa 30 January 2009
    • Portugal 12 February 2009
    • Hungary 5 March 2009
    • USA 10 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Brazil 27 March 2009
    • Czech Republic 3 April 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
    • Colombia 29 May 2009
    • Mexico 5 June 2009 (Foro Internacional de la Cineteca)
    • Argentina 18 June 2009
    • Mexico 26 June 2009
    • Peru 30 July 2009
    • Japan 13 August 2011

    MPAA: Rated R for language


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