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Sightseers

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Director: Ben Wheatley

Screenwriters: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram

Institute History

  • 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Heralding a bold new voice in British genre filmmaking, Ben Wheatley’s third feature continues his recent tear of pitch-black comedies full of violent repercussions (Kill List, Down Terrace). Sightseers premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight program and remains one of our favorite comedies of the year.

Chris wants to finally show sheltered Tina the world, and he wants to do it his way—on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan, visiting such illustrious sites as the National Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Cumberland Pencil Museum, and the rolling countryside in between. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers, and prebooked caravan sites soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.

— C. R.

Screening Details

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