Apocalypse Archives: Ben Wheatley, director of Sightseers

Apocalypse Archives: Ben Wheatley, director of Sightseers

The filmmaker tells us the top five films he'd save at the end of the world

Mad Max II

(George Miller, 1981)
‘Apart from it being one of my favourite films it would give me lots of tips on how to survive after the apocalypse. Particularly fashion tips about Mohicans and wearing chaps on motorbikes. There’s loads of good top tips in it like how to fire crossbows and all about collection of fuel and banding together in new age groups to survive.’


(Edgar Reitz, 1984)
‘It’s kind of a German, long form TV series that I don’t know much about but have always meant to watch and I figured I’d have a bit more time on my hands after the apocalypse. I wouldn’t bother watching it normally because it’s such a commitment. It’s like Our Friends in the North set in Germany. There’s loads to get my teeth into.’

Blade Runner

(Ridley Scott, 1982)
‘I watch Blade Runner a lot anyway so it’s one of those films I could always go back to. I’ve bought it so many times now in different formats and edits. I just love that film. I always see new things in it so it never gets old.’

Seven Samurai

(Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
‘Again, it’s a film I like watching. It always makes me cry and it’s very long so you get a lot of value. It’s got loads of characters in it and they’re very deftly sketched. Also it deals with geography, which is a thing that seems to be lost in modern action movies, you know where everybody is all the time.’

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)
‘It’s set in a weird pseudo-Europe after the apocalypse. Massive robots have burnt the world and now it's covered in these weird plants that are poisonous. I watch it a lot with my son. So after the apocalypse happens hopefully he’ll be by my side watching it.’

Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers is on general release from Fri 30 Nov.

Sightseers trailer


  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Wheatley
  • Cast: Sara Stewart, Alice Lowe, Seamus O'Neill
  • UK release: 30 November 2012

Kevin (Oram) and his girlfriend Tina (Lowe) go on a caravan trip, but soon find that other people are extremely rude and it's not long before they're on a killing spree through little England. Bone dry, very British black comedy that successfully blends shocking violence with odd poignancy.