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Ben Wheatley Says He's Building Lenses For 'A Field In England,' Will Be A Mix Of Black & White And Color

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2012 2:03 PM
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It's amazing to think that it's only been a couple of years since director Ben Wheatley first arrived on the scene with his sly, powerful British gangster comedy/drama "Down Terrace." And barely twelve months after that, he impressed even further with his horror-tinged follow-up "Kill List." The director seems to work at a thundering pace, and only slightly over a year after "Kill List" premiered at SXSW, he made his debut at Cannes with "Sightseers," another gruesome, dark tale, albeit with more belly laughs, about a caravanning couple (screenwriters Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) on a killing spree.

Watch: Vacation Is Murder In Trailer For 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 12:49 PM
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One of the more distinct voices in genre filmmaking emerging out of the U.K. is Ben Wheatley. The director first made ripples with "Down Terrace," but caused a major sensation last year with his stomach-churning "Kill List." So what did he do for an encore? He headed to Cannes this past spring to unveil "Sightseers," another nasty piece of work, albeit one with a comic edge to help it go down a bit more smoothly.

First Looks & New Photos: English 'Pusher' Remake, 'Sightseers' & 'Dredd'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:41 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival displays a selection of films from all over the world, and the latest batch of images released from genre-flavored fare in the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections all revolve around films from the U.K. First up is "Pusher," a London-set remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish-language debut. Already remade once (in India) and sequelized twice by the director, this take stars Richard Coyle ("Prince of Persia"), Zlatko Buric, who starred in the original, and model Agyness Deyn, is directed by Luis Prieto, and features a score by dance act Orbital. Read the festival synopsis below.

Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths,' Rob Zombie's 'Lords of Salem' & 'Dredd 3D' Head TIFF Midnight Madness Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 11:21 AM
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Variety being the spice of life, every film festival needs the opportunity for a bit of a change of pace. After a few days of subtitles and gruelling kitchen sink drama, even the most stoic cinephile starts to get in the mood for watching a few heads get ripped from their bodies, and that's why things like TIFF's Midnight Madness strand exists. Highlighting genre fare, often with lashing of blood and gore, the strand has seen films premiere that have gone onto international success -- last year alone brought films like "The Raid," "Kill List" and "God Bless America" to TIFF audiences.

Cannes Review: Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' - Or, "Natural Born Campers" - Is A Black-Comedy Holiday Hoot

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 23, 2012 7:43 PM
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After "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," midnight-movie manqués and buffs in the know were wondering what director Ben Wheatley would do next; the answer is, apparently, make you laugh until you sound like a hole in the side of an airplane. "Sightseers," starring and written by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, starts as Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) embark on a camping tour of Britain, various caves and pencil museums and heritage sights -- a nice, relaxing trip for a couple in their third month of going out. Things go off the rails early, though at a streetcar museum where Chris is incensed by a litterbug … and, later, distractedly backs over the man and kills him.

Pablo Larrain's 'No' Picked Up For U.S. By Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Nabs Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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When movies aren’t being watched at the Cannes Film Festival, they’re being purchased, and we’ve got news of a couple that have been picked up for North American distribution.

Film4 Backs Ben Wheatley's Cops & Monsters Flick 'Freakshift,' Director Also Planning English Civil War Drama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 10:00 AM
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It's a good day to be Ben Wheatley. The director, who's become one of the most talked-about new directors around thanks to "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," is making his Cannes debut today with his dark, Edgar Wright-exec-produced comedy "Sightseers" -- a press screening is underway as we speak, and we'll have our verdict for you later this evening. And just as that film is released into the wild, Wheatley seems to have landed financing for his most ambitious project yet, and is planning yet another film to follow that.

Watch: Tense & Funny First Clip From 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 4:14 PM
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After pushing audiences to the brink last year with "Kill List," director Ben Wheatley has returned with something he promises is "lighter" -- though, of course, that could mean anything. And while we're still yet to see what will unfold in "Sightseers" -- the details of which have been kept closely guarded -- this first lengthy clip hints that it will be another dread-filled outing, though not without some laughs to leaven the mood.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 1:13 PM
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A week from today, the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival will be getting underway on the south coast of France, opening with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," and as ever, it's possibly the biggest date in the cinephile calendar, with a host of hotly-anticipated films set to premiere over the ten days that follow. A jury headed up by Nanni Moretti, and also including Andrea Arnold, Ewan McGregor, Alexander Payne, Diane Kruger and Jean-Paul Gaultier will have to decide which of over twenty films to award the Palme d'Or to, but while the competition will be typically fierce in competition, there's plenty of gems to find in the Directors' Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and Critics' Week sidebars too.

Michel Gondry's 'The We And The I', Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' & More Headed To Cannes Directors' Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 7:16 AM
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Yes, there's even more. With the lineup at the Cannes Film Festival already boasting a plethora of top-tier talent and highly anticipated films, the sidebar Directors' Fortnight is not to be outdone, and today they have unveiled their unusually name-brand-heavy lineup.

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