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Sightseers Single Film Analysis

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 07, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Sightseers, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Comedy, Drama


This resource will be studying the seven frameworks for analysis in film studies.


Sightseers is an interesting analysis of authorship with the film written by its co-stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram who both have a background in comedy, stand up and television work. They are both linked to producer/writer/director Edgar Wright who wrote and directed the Cornetto film trilogy. The connection with Sightseers is that Edgar Wright produced the film with Nira Park (producer of the Cornetto films) who also happens to be founder of the production company that made Sightseers, Big Talk. The film comedy circuit can be well connected and in terms of authorship clear comedy links can be traced. Lowe and Oram both brought their own backgrounds to the film playing characters from the Midlands where they were respectively brought up but also finally realising a project they had conceived in 2005. Verisimilitude was encoded into the comedy with both taking a caravanning holiday to the destinations that were to be used in the film.

Ben Wheatley was chosen to direct as someone who could deal with the unusually dark material in the film. His background was as a short filmmaker and animator but also as director of the difficult British horror Kill List in 2011, the year before Sightseers’ theatrical release. Wheatley gained popularity on the internet putting…

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