If you saw Shaun of the Dead, then you’re familiar with Edgar Wright’s quirky, gory sense of the absurd. (And if you haven’t seen it, remedy that IMMEDIATELY!) You might not be as familiar with relative newcomer Ben Wheatley’s last film, Kill List (although again, if you’re a fan of horror films, or even the real-deal British gangster films, you’d do well to see that too) but Sightseers, a black comedy which debuted at Cannes, is a sort of hybrid of their combined sensibilities. Wheatley directs and Wright produces. Here’s the first NSFW trailer, courtesy of The Guardian (via TheFilmStage):
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Following a quirky neurotic couple, Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe), who after leaving Tina’s dog obsessed mother, purchase a caravan to traverse the tourist traps of England. The plot, for the most part, centers around these series of adventures from spot to spot, highlighting the natural quirk of the British countryside. But it soon becomes transparent that not everything is normal with Chris andTina’s behavior, and their bizarre tendencies are opportunities for Wheatley to explore his own cinematic prowess. Each time they park their caravan unexpected encounters occur that usually result rather badly for everyone who is not Chris andTina. Starting off seemingly innocent, the plot moves rather quickly into the dark side of human neurosis, depicted by a series of increasingly devious crimes.
Written by its stars, Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, Sightseers will screen at TIFF as part of the Vanguard sidebar then open in the UK on 30th November. No word on a US release but I think that will change after festival season. You can also follow the film on FB and its official site.