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They are well known Yorkshire landmarks but they are to get a dramatic makeover as dark comedy Sightseers hits cinemas.

The film, released today, follows couple Chris and Tina on a road trip across the North of England, presenting the dramatic beauty of the area in a whole new light, as it becomes the backdrop for a series of increasingly dark encounters.

For Chris, the best way of introducing Tina to his world is via a road trip in his beloved Abbey Oxford caravan. His itinerary stretches from the Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire to Cumbria’s Keswick Pencil Museum, taking in Fountains Abbey, Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Yorkshire Dales along the way.

But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him and anyone who winds him up, over a very jagged edge.

Directed by Ben Wheatley and screened to acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the film brings North Yorkshire’s beauty to a young, edgy audience.

Co-writer and star Steve Oram, who plays Chris, said: “There are very few films that celebrate these tourist locations and we hoped they’d be quite evocative.

“Some of the places we went were insanely dramatic and beautiful too, such as the Yorkshire Dales and Honister Pass.”

The film, which is a Big Talk Pictures Production, with backing from Studio Canal, Film4 and the British film Institute, was shot at several locations in Yorkshire including Fountains Abbey and Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Kaye Elliott, Creative England’s head of location and production services, which assisted the film-makers, said yesterday: 
“We have a tremendous variety 
of locations in the regions that can double for Victorian 
London or revolutionary France as well as simply appearing as themselves.”