It was announced the other day that Kill List director Ben Wheatley has just begun shooting Sightseers in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Lake District.
Actors Alice Lowe and Steve Oram wrote the script about a couple on a countryside caravan trip that goes wrong. This morning an official website was launched, which gives us an official plot crunch:
“Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge…” Basically, everyone’s an asshole, and Chris loses it. Sweet.
Check out the film’s logo.
Kill List (one of the best films of the year) director Ben Wheatley starts shooting today for his third feature Sightseers, which shoots for four weeks in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Lake District, says Screen Daily.
Actors Alice Lowe and Steve Oram wrote the script, with additional material from Amy Jump. Keeping it vague once again, “The story is about a couple on a countryside caravan trip that goes wrong.”
StudioCanal will distribute in the UK and Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.
Katherine Butler, Film4 Senior Commissioning Executive called the film “hilariously twisted,” while Lizzie Francke, Senior Production Executive at BFI Film Fund, added: “ ‘Sightseers’ takes us on a bizarre journey through some of Britain’s most offbeat tourist destinations.”
More as production continues.
After seeing both Down Terrace and Kill List, one thing is certain about director Ben Wheatley – his films are completely unpredictable.
Playlist caught up with Wheatley on the festival circuit where he revealed his next project: “We’re in prep at the moment, we start shooting in six weeks with a film called Sightseers with Big Talk,” he revealed.
To fill in some blanks, Sightseers is a dark comedy about a pair of psychotic caravaners, based on a short film, that’s set up at Film4 and Big Talk, the latter being the production company behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Attack the Block, and indeed Edgar Wright will serve as executive-producer on the project. It’s written by and will star Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, two familiar faces from the U.K. comedy scene.
In addition, Wheatley is developing a bigger-budget sci-fi flick that’s still under wraps, and it sounds like it won’t be getting underway until 2013 at the earliest.