Stateside Love For Sightseers

Ben Wheatley‘s subverted caravanning movie Sightseers, written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram arrives in the US today, 10th May. By way of a star-spangled fanfare, here’s a round up of the buzz  the film has been generating over the pond:

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal

The movie was the subject of a piece in the New York Times earlier this week, which included comments and contributions from Ben, Steve and Alice. We particularly liked this comment about the film by the reporter: “The particular alchemy of Sightseers relies on its stars and co-creators: Ms. Lowe, who brings a sweet stubbornness and homebody naïveté to her character, and Mr. Oram, an anoraked heap of righteousness and bullied discontent.” To read the article in full click here.

Director Wheatley was also interviewed by Film Journal International. In the interview he talks about the timing of the first murder in the movie, his next film, A Field In England, and why DIY movie-making is a good thing. To read it in full take a look at this.

The LA Times gives the film a glowing (if spoiler-full) review, saying of the two stars: “Oram and Lowe have lived so long in Chris’ and Tina’s skins, they are such a good combo. Lowe has one of those wonderfully elastic faces that can take expressions to extremes, while Oram has mastered the art of the deadpan.”

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal / Film 4 / Jules Heath

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal / Film 4 / Jules Heath

Time Out LA also loves it, whilst one Chicago-based reviewer can’t get enough of it, and gives the film a top 4-star review.

JoBlo Move Network also pulled out all the superlatives in anticipation of the film; Indiewire made it number 4 in its list of Top 10 Indie films to see this month  and also included it in its list of 15 Most Anticipated Indie films to watch this summer.

If you’re in the US and that little lot has whetted your appetite, your best bet is to check local press for showtimes and tickets starting from today. Enjoy!

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