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Ben Wheatley is an English filmmaker who started in shorts, sketch, viral videos and animation, before transitioning to make three distinctly English, variably horrific features: Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. Expertly weaving seemingly disparate genres, Wheatley’s films have a visceral immediacy that sometimes belies their formal complexity.
Ben brought Sightseers to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it played to enthusiastic audiences in the Vanguard program. We sat down with Ben after a long, hot day in our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U and were thrilled to talk to him about each film’s development, production and reception at length.
This feature interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in October 2012.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #8: Ben Wheatley, Rodney Ascher, Tim Kirk, Rachel Grady, Rob Scheer, Susan Norget, Meghan Parnell, Liam Crockard, Charles Reeve, Lisa Deanne Smith, Heather Belot, Meghan Sbrocchi, Simone Smith, Andrew Scott, and Williams Design.