Fountains Abbey, which appears in the new film. Pic courtesy National Trust/Andrew Butler

Yorkshire has provided a backdrop to many films, from Calendar Girls to Wuthering Heights, but the latest movie set here promises to present the dramatic beauty of the area in a whole new light.

Black comedy Sightseers opens in cinemas on Friday, with Yorkshire becoming the backdrop for a series of increasingly dark encounters.

It is hoped the movie will bring the beauty of the county to a “young, edgy” audience.

Sightseers follows couple Chris and Tina on a road trip across the North of England. 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 Museum 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 rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.

Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), and screened to widespread acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the film provides a showcase for some of England’s finest locations.

Co-writer and star, Steve Oram, 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. Why go abroad when you’ve got the whole of the UK at your fingertips, I say!”

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

The region is popular for filming and has recently provided locations for feature films The Woman In Black (Yorkshire Dales National Park), Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I (Malham Cove, Craven), The King’s Speech (Bradford Bulls Stadium, Bradford and Elland Road, Leeds) and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights (Yorkshire Dales National Park near Hawes and Leyburn), as well as TV dramas Prisoners’ Wives (Sheffield) and The Last Tango in Halifax, which is currently airing on BBC One (and filmed in Harrogate, Skipton, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge and the iconic Yorkshire Dales).

Chris Fowler, General Manager at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, said: “We were delighted to be used as a location for Sightseers. It can be a bit of a juggling act when you’ve got visitors on the estate as well as actors playing visitors, but the team were great to work with and made it easy for us. Yorkshire has some fantastic locations for filming and it’s wonderful to see iconic landmarks such as Fountains Abbey on the big screen promoted to a worldwide audience.”

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