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Lake District locations 'star' in new black comedy film Sightseers

A black comedy which takes movie-goers on a horror journey across the Lake District opens in cinemas tomorrow.

Castlerigg photo
Castlerigg Stone Circle

Cumbria gets a dramatic makeover in Sightseers, which follows couple Chris and Tina on a dark road trip across the north of England.

For Chris, the best way of introducing Tina to his world is via a trip in his beloved Abbey Oxford caravan.

The Keswick Pencil Museum, Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick, Honister Pass, and the rolling countryside in between all feature on the itinerary.

But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade.

Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.

Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), and screened to widespread acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Sightseers provides a showcase for some of England’s finest locations, and brings the beauty of the Lake District to a younger, edgier audience, says its producers.

The film is a Big Talk Pictures Production with backing from Studio Canal, Film4 and the BFI.

Co-writer and star Steve Oram said: “There are very few films that celebrate these tourist locations and we hoped they’d be quite evocative. Some of the places we went to were dramatic and beautiful, such as the Yorkshire Dales and Honister Pass in the Lake District. I say why go abroad when you’ve got the whole of the UK at your fingertips”

Sightseers co-producer, Andrew Starke, said: “Sightseers is a road movie and we wanted Chris and Tina’s journey to touch the roots of England – ancient and new – and to be a celebration of all the weird and wonderful places around us.

“With Creative England’s help we managed to get access to a fantastic array of locations, all of whom were incredibly supportive and tolerant of a film crew, and I hope our fascination and enthusiasm for all of them comes over in the film.”

Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “Films of this quality only serve to enhance Cumbria’s reputation both domestically and internationally, increasing the visibility of the Lake District and Cumbria, to a wide and varied audience around the globe.

“Film is very important to Cumbria and helps to maintain our position as one of the top visitor destinations in the UK if not in the world.

“Tourism staff and will continue to promote the county as a first-class film location.”

Have your say

@ John - having viewed the trailer for the movie I feel I have to ask - are you a Daily Mail reader?


Posted by Expat Marra on 4 December 2012 at 01:39


Charlotte's point is you have used an article on a horror movie to complain bitterly about how awful your life in Keswick is.

That's the real horror.

Looking forward to catching the film on DVD if it doesn't get a showing in Carlisle.

Posted by Marcus on 3 December 2012 at 17:38

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