Sightseers (2013)

  • Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Horror, Romance
  • 1h 28m

When knitting-obsessed dog-lover Tina (Alice Lowe) meets eccentric would-be author Chris (Steve Oram), it’s a match made in heaven. He offers to take her on a dream holiday (caravanning) and she sees him as her ticket to escape from her suffocating mother. The couple pack a car with creature comforts and head out onto the open road. First stop: Keswick Pencil Museum!

When Chris runs over a litterbug who carelessly tosses an ice cream wrapper on the ground, the demure Tina seems surprisingly unfazed by her partner’s barely concealed bloodlust. As the couple crisscross the country on a killing spree to rid the world of offensive people, their love for each other is tested.

Oram and Lowe are pitch-perfect as the eccentric couple, but even they are occasionally gleefully upstaged by Poppy/Banjo, the dog who won the 2012 Palm Dog Award at Cannes. From its first gory laugh to its last, Sightseers is a modern cult classic, with repeated viewings recommended.


Ben Wheatley