Happy-Go-Lucky is a 2008 film by Mike Leigh, shot in 2007 and released on 18 April 2008. It is a contemporary comedy, set in north London and starring Sally Hawkins.
Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is a life-loving, irrepressibly cheerful, Pollyanna
-type primary school teacher who is thirty years old, single, and infinitely optimistic and accepting. She lives with her best friend and flatmate Zoe (Alexis Zegerman
) in London. She is tested by a repressed driving instructor with anger problems (Eddie Marsan
), and tests him in turn. She has exciting flamenco
lessons, an encounter with a homeless man, a row with her pregnant sister, and a love-affair with the social worker guiding one of her students.
received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. As of 8 October
, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
reported that 97% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 34 reviews, giving the film a "Certified Fresh" rating, with the consensus that the film is "a light-hearted comedy with moments that bite, and features a brilliant star turn by Sally Hawkins.. Metacritic
reported the film had an average score of 82 out of 100.
Premieres and awards
Competing at the Berlinale
in 2008, it won Sally Hawkins the Silver Bear for best actress. The premiere for the film was held in Camden Town
where the film is set on April 14 2008
. In the United States, the film premiered in the New York Film Festival on 27 September 2008 and will open nationally on Oct 10, 2008
Locations used in the film include Camden Market , Regent’s Park boating lake and Southend on Sea.
The film was featured in the 2008 New York Film Festival