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How childhood camping and a trip to the Keswick pencil museum helped the star write a top new British horror movie

It's 1pm on a Wednesday, and the cafes of Bethnal Green Road are rammed. Which is all well and good if you want cheap pasta and East End ambience, but ruinous for dictaphone chinwags. Somehow, Alice Lowe still manages to spot a dining establishment utterly devoid of character, and, indeed, customers. During the 90 minutes we spend in there, it's just us. Which is perfect for a discussion about murder.

The juxtaposition of the humdrum and the grisly is apt. Sightseers, British director Ben Wheatley's third and funniest film (after the less chucklesome horrors of Down Terrace and Kill List), finds a downtrodden couple enjoying a revelatory first holiday together, a caravanning trip where barbaric violence tracks their rapidly developing relationship. Think Nuts In May meets Badlands, although comparisons »

- Alex Godfrey

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