The Party's Just Beginning
Elise   |   April 21, 2018

EW — Tucked away beneath the rolling hills and picturesque castles of Inverness, Scotland lies a grim reality at odds with the region’s idyllic charm: according to rising suicide statistics, an area resident takes their own life once every 10 days. It’s an ugly truth actress-director (and Scottish native) Karen Gillan wants to put right under audiences noses in her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning.

Gillan — perhaps best known for her work in front of the camera in big-budget studio tentpoles like Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — began work on the script roughly six years ago. Since then, now that she’s had time to “edit out all of those cringe-worthy philosophical rantings” penned in her early twenties, the project broods with haunting, authentic intensity as it explores one woman’s downward spiral on the road to acceptance after her young, transgender friend unexpectedly leaps in front of a train to escape the plights of life. Gillan gives an arresting, emotionally raw performance as the lead character Liusaidh, a reckless 24-year-old who copes with her companion’s death with boozy benders, sex-fueled rangers, and french fry binges. Plagued by visions of her former companion’s final moments, Liusaidh embarks on a quest for solace against the looming shadow of grief — a journey that could either bring her to the brink of death or an empathetic epiphany.

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I know you researched a lot about Scotland’s suicide rates before making this movie. Why did it speak to you so much that you wanted to tell a story about it?It’s not something that I’ve ever dealt with personally, so I had to lean heavily on research and imagination. It’s an interesting statistic for me because I grew up in that part of the world, and it’s so picturesque, idyllic, and beautiful, but it has this sad statistic looming over it. I’d heard it years before writing the script, and it stuck with me.

Do you feel that you had to approach subjects of suicide, depression, and being transgender with a certain sensitivity, though? Especially since they’re more prominent in films now than they were, say, 10 or 20 years ago.Yeah, I definitely wanted to treat the subject matter with respect and sensitivity. I’ve seen suicide represented in cinema before but not that much, it’s still fairly unchartered territory and definitely from this perspective, within this film, I wanted to show what it’s like for a person who’s left behind afterwards.

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The Party's Just Beginning
Elise   |   March 8, 2018

The full line-up for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival has just been announced, and Karen’s “The Party’s Just Beginning” is set to have its international premiere as part of their International Narrative Competition. It will compete for Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Actress. The festival will run from April 18 to April 29.

Gallery Updates   Public Appearances   The Party's Just Beginning
Elise   |   February 25, 2018

Last night (February 24), Karen attended “The Party’s Just Beginning” World Premiere during the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival. I’m so pleased to see it is already getting such great reviews! Our girl looked beautiful in a Thom Browne gemstone-encrusted gown. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.

The Party's Just Beginning
Elise   |   January 24, 2018

The Herald — Screen stars Karen Gillan, David Tennant and director Lynne Ramsay are among the famous names set to attend this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, it has been revealed.

Gillan, now a Hollywood star thanks to her roles in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji, will hit the red carpet for the world premiere of her directorial debut. Filmed in Glasgow and her home city of Inverness, The Party’s Just Beginning – for which Gillan also wrote the script and plays the leading on-screen part – is described as a fiercely honest tale of loss, grief and survivor’s guilt.

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This year’s festival runs from February 21 to March 4.

Gallery Updates   The Party's Just Beginning
Elise   |   April 22, 2017

We finally have a first look at Karen’s directorial debut, “The Party’s Just Beginning“. Formerly known as “Tupperware Party“, the film co-stars Matthew Beard, Lee Pace, Siobhan Redmond, Paul Higgins and a variety of Scottish actors. I have added the first two production stills to our gallery:

The story follows our lead character as she deals with the suicide of her best friend. She has a hard time expressing how she feels and finds herself on a path of self destruction.

Movie Productions > Tupperware Party (2018) > Production Stills [+2]