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  • Production
  • 15
  • Black Comedy, Comedy
  • 2012
  • 88 mins

Sightseers

Director Ben Wheatley's third feature, written by stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, deals with a caravanning trip gone horribly wrong

Synopsis

A roadtrip comedy about a couple whose erotic odyssey in a caravan goes to some very wrong places indeed. Written by stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram and directed by Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List, A Field In England, Freakshift)

About

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, successful authors and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge...

Press quotes

"Savagely funny - a perfectly measured dark comedy that'll have you howling at its wrongheadedness. It's the most unforgettable 'Brits on vacation' film since Withnail & I, only this time, it's everyone else who made a mistake in going on holiday." Ali Gray - The Shiznit.co.uk

"Ben Wheatley is the outstanding young British film-maker who got himself talked about with his smart debut Down Terrace; then he scared the daylights out of everyone, as well as amusing and baffling them, with his inspired and ambiguous chiller Kill List. His talent and signature are vividly present in every frame of this new movie, Sightseers, a grisly and Ortonesque black comedy." Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"Lowe and Oram’s script balances nimbly on the thread of razor wire between horror and farce: the film is frequently laugh-out-loud funny. [...] Tina and Chris’s odyssey feels like a strange regression into Britain’s dark and feral roots, and it has the terrifying ring of truth." Robbie Collin - The Telegraph

"The bleak mood - familiar to anyone who’s suffered a low-rent English holiday-from-hell - is beautifully sustained, thanks to Wheatley’s unerring eye for a crumbling ruin or a spot of flaky paintwork." Tom Huddleston - Time Out

"A blissful bit of dark, funny and at times very bloody entertainment" - Screen International

"A cult hit waiting to happen" - The Times

"A black comic state of the nation address" - Empire

"A sight worth seeing - bold and blisteringly funny" – Total Film

"Mike Leigh meets Badlands ... hilariously dark" – Q Magazine

"Killer comedy from the dark side!" – Loaded

"Ben Wheatley's macabre comedy Sightseers looks set for immediate cult status" – The Independent

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Richard Glover, Tony Way, Jonathan Aris, Alice Lowe, Richard Lumsden, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram, Monica Dolan
  • Director: Ben Wheatley
  • Screen Writer: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram
  • Writer: Amy Jump
  • Photographer: Laurie Rose

About Alice, Steve and Ben

Alice Lowe is a Perrier Award winning Comedy Writer / Performer. She has played leading roles in Channel 4's Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place and My Life In Film for the BBC. Her film credits include Hot Fuzz and Out Of Water. Steve Oram is a regular on the Brit comedy scene and has been involved in TV shows such as The Mighty Boosh, Tittybangbang as well as the film It's All Gone Pete Tong with Paul Kaye. He starred in and directed his own film Connections which was selected for the Cannes film festival in 2008. Lowe and Oram appeared in the live UK tour with Steve Coogan, playing supporting roles and covering Coogan's changes. They are long time collaborators but Sightseers is the first feature they have worked on together. The lead characters in Sightseers were partly inspired by characters they originally performed live together on the comedy circuit.

Director Ben Wheatley’s debut film Down Terrace and second film Kill List have both won numerous awards and played major film festivals throughout the world. Ben’s internet animations, films, cartoons, comic strips and viral ads have an international audience of over 20 million people via his website www.mrandmrswheatley.blogspot.com. Wheatley has won multiple awards for his commercials and viral work including Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at Cannes Advertising Festival and has directed many television shows including BBC3’s cult hit ‘Ideal’, Channel 4’s ‘Modern Toss’ and the BAFTA nominated ‘Wrong Door’. Forthcoming films include A Field In England and Freakshift.

The bottom line

Released in cinemas in November 2012 in the UK, Sightseers won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards, the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy at the Evening Standard awards and Breakthrough British Filmmaker at the London Film Critics awards. It is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Sightseers clips and trailers

Sightseers

Gallery

Sightseers
  • Film4 Sightseers director Ben Wheatley

    Ben Wheatley Q&A

    The Sightseers director on windowless restaurants and goldfish funerals

  • Sightseers

    Sightseers Q&A

    Alice Lowe and Steve Oram talk serial killers and crotchless pants

  • Kill List

    About Kill List

    Ben Wheatley's second feature, a Film4 production, is a darkly funny horror

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