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'Skyfall,' 'The Hobbit' & 'Sightseers' All Big Winners At 2013 Empire Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2013 10:01 AM
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Thought the awards season was long done? Not quite. Last night saw the 18th annual Jameson Empire Awards, presented annually by the UK film magazine, the biggest in the world, and one of the largest such ceremonies to have their winners voted for by the public. This year, there's been a big push for more recognition for the ceremony, with probably the starriest and glitziest evening in recent memory, and we were there last night to see the winners revealed.

Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects Festival Includes New Films From Takashi Miike, Michel Gondry, Ben Wheatley & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 26, 2013 12:53 PM
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which is responsible for the highly regarded New York Film Festival, also peppers the entire calendar year with exciting mini-festivals, including, in February, their Film Comment Selects Festival, built around oddball choices from the Society’s Film Comment magazine. This year’s lineup emphasizes its eclectic collection of varying tastes within the magazine, with editors and contributors selecting a wide array of movies, including new features by Takashi Miike, Michel Gondry, Ben Wheatley, and a retrospective comprised of two oddball Howard Zieff movies.

'Berberian Sound Studio' Wins Four British Independent Film Awards, 'Broken' Takes Best Film Prize

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2012 5:58 PM
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If you want to play a fun game, spent tomorrow morning walking through London's Soho playing a trumpet and a kettle drum. That's because this evening saw this year's British Independent Film Awards being given out at what's become, over the years, one of the drunkest and most debauched evenings in the awards season in the calendar (last year, including the host, Chris O'Dowd, who was hammered from pretty much minute one).

Sundance Adds 'S-VHS,' James Franco's Porn Documentary & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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Let's face it -- until James Franco shows up, it's not a film festival, and Sundance, after announcing their inital slate yesterday, just got real. The folks in Park City have lifted the curtain on the Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City At Midnight offerings and there are a couple of curiosities worth noting.

'Sightseers' Stars Alice Lowe & Steve Oram Talk Murders, The State Of British Comedy Film, And Causing An Outrage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2012 10:01 AM
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It might not have been a banner year for comedy movies so far, but there's one shining light arriving this week (for U.K. audiences at least -- American crowds are going to have to wait another few months), in the shape of "Sightseers," the third feature from "Down Terrace" and "Kill List" director Ben Wheatley. Blending the outstanding visuals and unsettling sound of the director's earlier films with a unique pitch-black sensibility, it also sees the arrival of two fully-formed comic talents on the world scene, in the shape of the film's stars and writers, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

First Image From Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' Arrives Plus New Trailer For 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 10:42 AM
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Ben Wheatley is a busy guy. Even as we chatted with him at TIFF about "Sightseers," he was already in pre-production on his next movie, "A Field In England," which again finds him shifting gears in fascinating ways. A period movie that will be both in black and white and color, and a production that will find him building his own camera lenses from scratch, we can only imagine the final result will be a bit more trippy than this first image.

'Broken,' 'Sightseers' & 'Berberian Sound Studio' Lead 2012 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 5, 2012 8:51 AM
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After something of a banner year in 2011, with "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Shame," "Tyrannosaur," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Kill List," "Attack The Block," "Senna," "Weekend," "Jane Eyre," "Wuthering Heights" and "The Guard" among the output, 2012 has been a little disappointing for British cinema. Following a year like the last one was always going to be a tricky, but there's certainly hasn't been much with the same kind of cultural cache as last year's crop, with only a few festival favorites shining a light for UK talent.

Exclusive: 'Sightseers' Writers/Stars Alice Lowe & Steve Oram Planning Directorial Debuts

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2012 11:02 AM
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To much of the world, the stars and writers of "Sightseers" are still only vaguely familiar at best. Alice Lowe was perhaps the best known, thanks to being one of the principle cast members of the cult comedy classic "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace," and for an appearance in "Hot Fuzz," while Steve Oram is a fixture on the UK comedy circuit, but has mostly taken fairly small film and TV roles so far.

Death Has A Ginger Beard In New Character Posters For 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 2:42 PM
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Packing up the camper and hitting the road is a popular vacation choice for many, but never has it been depicted with such a gleeful streak of dark comedy as it is in Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers." The director of "Kill List" and "Down Terrace" continues his wicked pace with another new film headed to theaters, and it has four cheeky posters to give you taste of what's to come.
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'Sightseers' Director Ben Wheatley Talks Improvisation & The Influences Of Documentaries On The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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Camper van holidays in the north of England and murder do not, traditionally, go hand in hand. But trust Ben Wheatley, the mind behind pitch-black breakthrough films "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," to bring them together for his third feature film, "Sightseers." From a script by British comedians Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (who workshopped the characters on the U.K. circuit for years), and executive produced by Edgar Wright, the film is a darkly funny, curiously moving film that drew rave reviews when it premiered at Cannes (including our own).

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