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30 Apr 2013
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When Chris (Steve Oram THE MIGHTY BOOSH) takes his unsuspecting lover Tina (Alice Lowe GARTH MARENGHI’S DARK PLACE) on a caravanning odyssey through the British Isles, taking in the sites of Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct and Keswick Pencil Museum, the wonders of the rolling countryside soon fall under a very dark cloud. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to send Chris, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge... Think Carry On Camping meets Natural Born Killers!
"Completely compelling, hilarious…funny as hell" - 4 stars -Empire
"Laugh-out-loud funny" - 4 stars – Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"The funniest thing on the Croisette this year" - 4 stars – Wendy Ide, The Times
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Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davis, Richard Glover, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Richard Lumsden.
THE PLOT: It’s Badlands in the Midlands, as nerdy middle-aged lovebirds Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) go more than a little nuts in May after they head off on caravan holiday together through some minor British attractions. Tina lives with her right Royle mum (Davis), a woman who isn’t about to let her daughter go without a death-rattle moan or two. The old bat may have met her match in Chris though, a man who is psychotic about good manners. Just how psychotic we soon witness, as the couple’s grand week out starts rattling up the body count…
THE VERDICT: Writers – and stars – Alice Lowe and Steve Oram first came up with the characters of misfit Brummie couple Chris and Tina 24 years ago, as a live double-act, their teaming up here with Kill List writer/director Ben Wheatley a somewhat perfect fit for this black country comedy. Think Wallace & Gromit meets Natural Born Killers. Or Terry & June: Portrait Of A Right Pair Of Serial Killers. Proving once again there’s a thin line between dark humour and blood-splattering horror, Sightseers is a deliciously evil treat, and a film that proves once again that anyone who owns a small dog is trouble. And troubled.
Review by P Byrne
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