Short Film: We Happy Few with Julian Casey

We Happy Few - police

This film is actually a Kick Starter promo video for a game of the same name made by Compulsion Games. It’s a very worthy film in its own right – I’ve played this video many, many times and it still gets me every time.

The success of the video is firmly and safely carried by Julian Casey who has been employed in mainstream films ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, ‘Arrival’ and more. Variously described as actor, narrator, writer and motion capture (mocap) actor, he has a number of video game voice-overs to his name – Assassins Creed, Far Cry and Deus Ex have all benefited from his abilities.

Julian plays the part perfectly and is admirably aided by Creative Director Guillaume Provost and some rather tasty canned laughter (nicely done, a smatter of loose laughs, not too many or few). The tone of the game and Uncle Jack mesh together perfectly, as does the editing and music. Uncle Jacks clothes are spot on right down to his socks with pale horizontal stripes.

An interesting detail is a touch on the knee at the start of the scene which is returned at the end. Uncle Jack starts to get Guillaume’s name wrong in the middle and ends up calling him Geoffrey Porpoise at the end :0). He obviously isn’t interested Guillaume enough to remember his name for 5 minutes. I really like those subtle irritatingly and mildly abrasive details. Another tiny enjoyable feature is the minute shake of the head as he emphasises particular phrases and gets a bit carried away and the totally facile name of his cooking show “That Tastes Amazing, What Is It?”.

It all adds up to a very enjoyable stereotype, a superb job, well done to Julian for breathing life into a great character. This little video does a better job of entertaining than a lot of mainstream films.

Julian Casey’s Superb ‘Uncle Jack’

Run Time: 5:08

“We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retro-futuristic city in an alternative 1960’s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules.” – Compulsion Games

Refer also to The LFD Movie List

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