Sightseers (image 1)

A pitch-black and sometimes gorily violent laugh-riot… The most consistently hilarious Brit-com for a good half-decade.

Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Sightseers 2012

Directed by Ben Wheatley

In this pitch-black comedy a pair of caravanning killers head off on a road trip through the beautiful Lake District. “The most consistently hilarious Brit-com for a good half-decade.” — Hollywood Reporter

UK In English
95 minutes CinemaScope / DCP

Director

Producers

Nira Park
,
Claire Jones
,
Andy Starke

Screenplay

Alice Lowe
,
Steve Oram

Photography

Laurie Rose

Editors

Amy Jumo
,
Ben Wheatley
,
Robin Hill

Production designer

Jane Levick

Music

Jim Williams

With

Alice Lowe (Tina)
,
Eileen Davies (Carol)
,
Steve Oram (Chris)
,
Monica Dolan (Janice)
,
Jonathan Aris (Ian)
,
Kenneth Hadley (Richard)
,
Stephanie Jacob (Joan)
,
Richard Glover (Martin)
,
Smurf (Banjo)
,
Ged (Poppy)

Festivals

Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2012

Elsewhere

Sightseers is a blissful bit of dark, funny and at times very bloody entertainment as a pair of caravanning killers head off on a road trip through the beautiful tourist spots of the British Lake District and end up amassing as many bodies as visits to tourist sites… It is filmed with such visual panache and sense of humour that cult status should be guaranteed.” — Mark Adams, Screendaily

“Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers continues the filmmaker’s winning streak re kitchen-sinkifying genre movies. Setting out on their first holiday together, sheltered 34-year-old Tina (Alice Lowe) and her overly enthusiastic, socially awkward boyfriend, Chris (Steve Oram), pack up his caravan and hit the road to Yorkshire. Along the way, Chris runs over a fellow traveler (to be fair, he was littering) and bludgeons a snooty camper to death; Tina soon learns that these aren’t the first murders he’s committed. But hey, you’ve got to stand by your man, and with two people now indulging their homicidal urges in the name of true love, the body count quickly escalates.

Everyone described Wheatley’s 2009 debut Down Terrace as Mike Leigh does The Sopranos… This is what Leigh’s version of Natural Born Killers might have looked like, and once again, Wheatley blends horror, black comedy, working-class realism, actor improvisations and social satire into an oddball meditation on l’amour fou, suburban English serial-killer style. It’s the funniest thing to have played at Cannes.” — David Fear, Time Out NY

“A pitch-black comedy made with skill, will and brains… Wheatley’s film is a look at what happens when lives of quiet desperation become very, very loud.” — James Rocchi, The Playlist