Sightseers – Q and A at the Cameo, Edinburgh

I don’t want to spoilt this film so all I’m going to say is that it’s a bloody good British film, go and see it, (and go and see it at the Cameo). As a typical girl, there’s a few parts were I hid behind my hands, which you need for the story to work, so they’re not gratuitous. Besides – it is funny!!

I was lucky enough to be at the Cameo last night, where they had a sneaky preview including a q and a with writer/actor/ginger guy Steve Oram.

I hold a massive respect for anyone in this industry because it’s a hard one, if you choose a creative industry you know it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a journey. You might not always work, you might not always get people to understand your ideas, you might not this, you might not that… there’s a lot of negatives involved, but as everyone knows, the positives involved outweight EVERYTHING. When things do work out, like this week, for me, a guy I respect agreed to act in my short film, it’s awesome, a result! It outweighed the weeks I’ve spent searching for the right person.

Watching Steve Oram chatting to the crowd after the screening made me smile, he had a pint in hand and it was well deserved. He looked chuffed. It was that bit that interested me. Idea to implementation has always fascinated me. We all have good ideas, but we don’t all get off our backsides and implement them. Getting people involved in your ideas and to believe in the same vision as you is not always easy.

Standing up on the stage Steve, said it had taken 5 years to get the film made. Originally made for television, the writers hit a wall when no-one wanted to make it. Then belief was fired into the script by I think director, Ben Wheatley, but don’t quote me on that, and they went off to Film 4 for funding, it was to be a film.

There’s no denying the creative process was cosy, Ben Wheatley’s wife Amy Jump helped add to the script that Steve and Alice Lowe had written. They improvised scenes out on location and, it seems all were able to add their talents to the end result. Even Steve Oram’s Dad helped out by finding the route of the sightseeing tour. There is a sense that this film is a real family affair, and reiterated to me, when Steve said it was based on their personal experiences, that there is no wrong path in writing and film making. You just need to stay on it.

If the story of this film, and it’s ‘idea to implementation’ journey doesn’t inspire the most cynical of writer/directors out there, worrying about their work, I don’t know what to say!!

Go see it!!

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