Film of the Day: Sightseers


Intoxicatingly dark, comedy-drama, directed by Ben Wheatley, in which oddball couple escape their mundane Midlands lives and embark on a road trip across the north of England. Chris (Steve Oram) is a middle-aged anorak, his pride and joy is his Abbey Oxford caravan; he is a man who enjoys his own company – until he meets Tina (Alice Lowe).  

With her life stuck in a cul-de-sac and a domineering mother critical of her every move, frustrated Tina craves travel, excitement and the thrill of romance. So when Chris sets out an itinerary of heady sights such as Keswick’s Pencil Museum, Crich Tramway Village and the Ribblehead Viaduct, she jumps at it.

However, almost as soon as their odyssey has begun, an awful accident completely changes the tenor of their trip. And, from then on, only the exceedingly unwise do anything to upset the increasingly malevolent pair… 

Sightseers  –  Thursday 11.00pm on FilmFour.

Photo: © 2012 – StudioCanal