Sightseers

[15]

United Kingdom 2012, 88 mins
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Dan Charles, Eileen Lowe

Having quickly established himself as an innovative voice in British cinema with DOWN TERRACE and KILL LIST, director Ben Wheatley returns with this hilarious new black comedy, which attracted considerable acclaim when it screened in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. SIGHTSEERS invites favourable comparison to Mike Leigh’s NUTS IN MAY, though it is far, far darker, and Terrence Malick’s BADLANDS, though it is far, far funnier.

Escaping from her overbearing mother Brummie dog-walker Tina (Alice Lowe) eagerly embarks on a caravan holiday with creepily considerate new boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram), whose exacting schedule embraces such cultural enticements as the Derwent Pencil Museum and Crich Tramway Village.

Co-scripted by its lead players, Lowe (Garth Marenghi's Dark Place) and Oram (The Mighty Boosh), SIGHTSEERS melds the British passion for holiday discomfort with equally uneasy aspects of damaged humanity. This in turn combines with Wheatley’s hallmark ability to give his performers considerable rein to develop their characters within bleakly naturalistic locations to sterling effect.

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