Director Ben Wheatley’s last film KILL LIST was an official selection at AFI FEST 2011. We caught up with the director for a few questions in anticipation of the upcoming release of his latest film SIGHTSEERS.
This film while still very violent has a decidedly lighter and more humorous tone than your last film, are you moving in that direction or do you intend to return to darker material with your future work?
I think I’d like to keep my options open. I think I’ll make another horror film at some point, but I wouldn’t rule out a rom com.
What was it like to have your film premiere in Cannes last year?
It’s was nerve-racking , and in retrospect, it was a lot of fun.
Your two leads have such amazing chemistry, can you tell us a little about how your found them and put them together?
Alice and Steve had been developing the characters for years together before I got involved.
You’re pretty much finished with your next film A FIELD IN ENGLAND, and it sounds very different from your previous films, can you tell us a little about what we can expect?
Expect magic mushrooms, big hats, shoot-outs and freak-outs. It’s half period piece, half Roger Corman’s THE TRIP.
SIGHTSEERS opens in theaters on May 10 in New York at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema and in Los Angeles at Landmark’s Nuart Theater in West L.A. SIGHTSEERS will alsol be available on VOD May 13.