The Children

Synopsis: Elaine and Jonah and their teenage daughter and young son and daughter, come to spend New Year with her sister Chloe and husband Robbie and their two young children at their isolated country home. One by one the children, after apparently being sick, become increasingly malevolent.
Director(s): Tom Shankland
  1 win & 6 nominations.
84 min

Stop bothering Paulie, Miranda.

I'm teaching him

the "happy new year. "

He has to learn it

before tomorrow night.

- Look look, there it is. I win.

- Yay! Hooray!

You were in the way.

Sweetie, I'm sorry.

It's okay.

You can be the winner.

Why can't we live in a house

like Auntie Chloe's?

If you put your mind to it,

you can have anything you want.



- Auntie Chloe!

- Hey, Miranda!


Come on, Paulie.

Come on.

- Heaven.

- Heaven would be exact.

Hey, amigo.

"Happy New Year" in Chinese.

Not bad, eh?

You're learning

Chinese then?

- Yeah.

- Cool.

I should have never

given this away.

- Hey, Lainey.

- Hey, Robbie.

You are looking


- I look like crap, thanks.

- No, you do.

All the cousins get to

sleep in the same room.

Hi, Jonah.

Hey. Whoops.


Casey, I want to have Christmas

again tomorrow.

I think you want to be

a glove puppet.

- Argh!

- Get off, Dad.

Hey, Casey.

Look at you, all grown up.

Hi, Uncle Robbie.

Feel free to lose

the "uncle. "

Come on, let's get

this party started!

Say hello

to your Auntie Chloe.

- Say hello, sweet pea.

- We're gonna have a lovely time.

- Who wants some Christmas presents?

- Me me me!

Who thinks it's gonna be

the best New Year ever?


Look at Leah running around

and everything.

I know.

Isn't it amazing?

I've almost got her

off the inhaler.

That's fantastic.

Isn't this great?

The kids are nearly

as excited as we are.

Come here, little sis.


Hey, Casey.



Don't spoil

the weekend, okay?

There'll be

other parties.

It wasn't

just a party.

You know I can't go.

'Cause you're married

to a knob?

It's two days, okay?

You lot get your way

for the rest of the year.

Maybe I'm allowed

just a few hours.

You know how much we were

looking forward to it.

Pretty please,


Don't call me that.


Paulie, it's okay.

It's okay.

- Oh, sweet pea.

- Mommy.

- Ugh.

- You're carsick.

It's okay.

It's okay, darling.

And help out Paulie

this weekend, okay?

Did you ever hear

of contraception?

No, really, Mom was

in great form at Christmas.

Yeah, she was,

euphemistically speaking.

Did they ban her

from another pub?

You want to go

get your presents?

Sorry, Casey got

the Christmas presents.

Did you know Mom actually

called here

at 11:
00 at night and she wanted

to speak to the kids and I...

- Mommy, Mommy!

- Hey.

I'm sorry,

I can't invite her.

She just messes with

their routine too much.

Do you know what I mean?

Hey, sweetheart.

Is that makeup?

We had a real

"Waste of Space" Christmas.

Once we got the kids

off to bed,

I made a special punch and we had

a naked snowball fight.

You should see the photos.

They're great.

A bit different from ours.

Granny fell off the toilet.



- Oh, sweet pea.

- It's all right.

It's his latest trick.

Anyone would think he likes the attent...

Oh, Jonah.

You know he doesn't like

that rough stuff.

Come here, darling.

Not like his mom then.


That's classic.

I swear I had to grovel to the head

and all of Casey's teachers.

It was terrifying.

I think a little bit of wee

might have escaped.

You should have just

offered them all B.J.s.

I didn't want to get the cane

for speaking with my mouth full.

What's B.J. s?

Big-belly jimjams.

Oh, yes yes.


Hey, did you ever read

the article I sent you

about MMR jobs?

Are you going

to brush your teeth?

Come on.

Hey, Leah, Nicky.

Having a nice time

with your cousins?


I love you.

Paulie. What happened with that

web design plan?

- Jinxie, come on, Jinxie.

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Paul Andrew Williams

Paul Andrew Williams is a British film writer and director, born in Portsmouth, England in 1973. He won the New Director's Award for his film London to Brighton in the 2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival. more…

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