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UK, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Night Shift)

Director: Ben Wheatley


"Darkly funny, quasi-sweet and incredibly bloody." - Ain't It Cool

After exploring the darkest recesses of British culture in Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) and Kill List (MIFF 11), director Ben Wheatley turns his unique style to comedy, albeit his own deranged brand.

Chris is taking his new girlfriend Tina on a caravan holiday around the UK, stopping at his favourite landmarks, from the Ribblehead Viaduct to the Keswick Pencil Museum. But Chris' dream holiday takes a comically violent turn, and the trip soon descends into bloody chaos.

With a wealth of UK talent from actors/scriptwriters Steve Oram (Kill List) and Alice Lowe (Hot Fuzz) to executive producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and a story that has been compared to everything from Natural Born Killers to Mike Leigh's Nuts In May, Sightseers is comedy at its blackest.

The film's Parsons Terrier, Smurf, won this year's Cannes Palm Dog award.

“The most consistently hilarious Brit-com for a good half-decade.” - Hollywood Reporter

D Ben Wheatley P Claire Jones, Nira Park, Andrew Starke S Alice Lowe, Steve Oram Dist Rialto TD DCP/2012

See also...


UK, 2009
“If The Sopranos had been cooked up by Mike Leigh instead of David Chase, the result might resemble Down Terrace.” - Cinematical ... This black suburban comedy from director Ben Wheatley slickly … More »


UK, 2011
Ben Wheatley follows up his deft debut Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) with a cross-genre gem that starts as a sedate suburban drama before driving off the rails completely. ... Jay is having a tough time -… More »


UK, 2013
A psychedelic trip into magic and madness. ... In 17th-century England, a group of deserters flees a raging battle through the English countryside. They are soon caught by a man who insists they help… More »

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