THE MOTORHOME AND CARAVAN IN TV AND FILM
The motorhome/caravan is a useful tool in film making.
It allows for the intimacy that comes with close proximity – this is often comedic, as characters clash over each other’s ‘little habits.’
It also allows for travel to various places in the script and as long as they happen in the same geographical area – they can be as random as the writer likes - no further explanation is necessary to link them.
The journey can be the entire premise, perhaps as a mission or an escape? Or it can be stripped back and simply set in the campsite. Or perhaps the motorhome or caravan isn’t used for a holiday/trip at all?
Here are 6 of the best Film & TV shows featuring the motorhome or caravan:
Long Long Trailer (1954): Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this movie sees newlyweds Tacy (Lucille Ball) and Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz) buy a trailer to allow them to travel across the USA for Nicholas’ work. It doesn’t turn out to be the best idea Tacy has ever had.
Carry on Behind (1975): Not as famous as Carry on Camping, but this is the film that contains the caravans – CI caravans to be precise. Butcher Fred Ramsden (Windsor Davies) and electrician Ernie Bragg (Jack Douglas) go on holiday to the Riverside Caravan Site, while their wives Sylvia (Liz Fraser) and Vera (Patricia Franklin) go to a health farm.
Snatch (2000): Guy Ritchie film starring Brad Pitt. Unlicensed boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) tries to buy a caravan from the Irish gypsies – to replace the ancient one he uses as an office. Things start to go downhill when Mickey the gypsy (Brad Pitt) beats up the boxer that Turkish and Tommy had lined up for all the match fixing.
Breaking Bad (2008-2013): Chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer - then a chance encounter gives him the idea of making and selling crystallized methamphetamine with former pupil Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to pay his medical bills and secure his family’s financial future. Nicknamed the Krystal Ship, the Fleetwood Bounder RV served as a mobile meth lab in this award-winning US TV series.
The Royle Family: The Golden Eggcup (2009): This much-loved British comedy is rarely shot outside of the living room, but this Christmas special sees Jim and Barbara using their wedding anniversary gift - of money from Denise and Anthony (well mainly Anthony) - to go on a caravanning holiday in Prestatyn. Comedic material is gleaned from the fact that we already know them as a sofa-loving family – they are out of their comfort zone – combine this with the fact that they have gone out of season, so there isn’t a lot to do. They struggle to get a signal for the TV, apparently there is no chip pan and Jim can’t seem to shut the toilet door.
Paul (2011): Simon Pegg (Graeme) and Nick Frost (Clive) star as comic book enthusiasts who have travelled to the USA the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They plan to incorporate a road trip that includes UFO sites. Then they bump into Paul the alien, outside Area 51. Official PAUL Trailer.
In these difficult times the films mentioned above could be worth a watch to help get through the lockdown.