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'A Field In England' director Ben Wheatley's favorite film freak-outs

'A Field In England' director Ben Wheatley's favorite film freak-outs
When British director Ben Wheatley’s new film A Field in England was released in the U.K. last year one newspaper hailed the 17th century drama as “Apocalypse Now among the hedgerows.” Certainly this latest movie from the director of Sightseers, Kill List, and the forthcoming, Tom Hiddleston-starring High-Rise makes for an unforgettable experience as audiences here will discover when the film arrives in select cinemas and on VOD tomorrow.

Set during the English Civil War, A Field In England stars Reece Shearsmith, Ryan Pope, Peter Ferdinando, and Richard Glover as a quartet of folks who decide to
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A Field in England Exclusive Interview with Director Ben Wheatley

A Field in England Exclusive Interview with Director Ben Wheatley
British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is developing a diverse filmography of truly unorthodox and compelling movies that have to be seen to be believed. His films such as Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers (along with his "U is for Unearthed segment in The ABCs of Death) make it utterly clear that this is a filmmaker with a unique voice that deserves to be noticed.

His latest offering, A Field in England, which debuts in limited theaters and on VOD February 7, is incredibly different than his previous offerings, following a group of deserters in 17th Century England who are captured by a powerful alchemist, who is seeking a vast treasure buried somewhere in a massive field. I recently had the chance to chat with Ben Wheatley over the phone, during his one day off from directing the first two Season 8 episodes of Doctor Who, where he spoke about how he found
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Exclusive: 3 Images from Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England

Ben Wheatley's films, even at their grittiest, have always had a surreal quality, which usually pertains to the violence. That violence will likely be present in his latest, A Field in England, but the movie also looks like his strangest yet. I have no problem with that, and I certainly have no problem with Laurie Rose's eye-catching black and white cinematography. Today, we're pleased to debut three new images from the film. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, it takes place in 1648 where “Three soldiers are led by an alchemist into a mysterious field. They discover the horrors of war are nothing compared to those of the mind.” Like I said, it's going to be a trip. Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Richard Glover, Peter Ferinando, and Ryan Pope. A Field in England
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Footage From "A Field In England"

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Sneak Peek footage from director Ben Wheatley's British historical thriller, "A Field In England", set during the mid-17th century English Civil War, currently prepping for a North American release February 7, 2014, following a successful UK debut:

"...during the 'English Civil War', an alchemist's assistant named 'Whitehead' flees from the strict 'Commander Trower',meeting up with 'Cutler' and two army deserters, 'Jacob' and 'Friend'. 

"Together they leave the battleground in search of an ale house, encountering Irishman 'O'Neill', a man whom Whitehead has been sent to apprehend for theft.

"But O'Neill quickly asserts authority over the group and tells them of a treasure hidden somewhere in a nearby field..."

Cast includes Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Reece Shearsmith and Michael Smiley.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "A Field In England"...
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Martin Scorsese Endorses Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England in New Us Trailer and Poster

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Following its release in the UK last summer, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England is finally about to get its stateside release at the start of next month.

Drafthouse Films is also launching a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release, taking a similar direction to the unique multi-platform release we saw here last year.

With its Us release right around the corner, Drafthouse has released a new trailer teasing just some of the chaos that ensues in Wheatley’s latest, along with an appropriately psychedelic poster designed by Jay Shaw to match. And in case you needed any more persuading, Martin Scorsese himself is quoted as a fan of the film.

England: 1648 Ad. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in
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Second A Field in England Trailer and New Poster

Second A Field in England Trailer and New Poster
Following the first trailer that debuted back in May, Drafthouse Films has released the second trailer for A Field in England, which debuts in theaters and on VOD formats February 7. In addition, we also a new poster designed by artist Jay Shaw for director Ben Wheatley's thriller, which follows a group of 17th Century soldiers who are captured by a mysterious alchemist. Take a look at the latest footage and one-sheet, then read the official press release for more details.

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announce the simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of writer/director Ben Wheatley's original psychological horror film, A Field in England, on February 7, 2014.

Director Martin Scorsese said A Field in England is "audacious and wildly brilliant - a stunning cinematic experience." The story takes place during the Civil War in 17th-Century England and follows a small group of
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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.

As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.

This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list
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Review: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England

Acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley follows last year’s dark comedy Sightseers with his most experimental film to date, an atmospheric, art-house take on the English Civil War.

Watching A Field in England feels a little like being plunged into a nightmare: an unpredictable, dream-like experience, brimming with brilliantly disturbing sequences and disorienting surrealism. Audiences craving easy exposition and logical plot development may well find the film frustrating, but fans of Wheatley’s Kill List, particularly its haunting last act, will be in their element here.

Reece Shearsmith plays Whitehead, an educated manservant who flees the smoke-filled battlefields of the Civil War and joins up with two other deserters (Peter Ferdinando and Richard Glover). A fourth man (Ryan Pope) leads the group to an empty field, enclosed within a fairy-ring of mushrooms. Events take an increasingly unsettling, hallucinogenic turn after mysterious Irish alchemist O’Neil (Michael Smiley) is literally “roped in” to the action.
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A Field in England figures revealed

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Film4 and Picturehouse have reported initial figures for the UK’s first simultaneous feature release across all formats.

Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic horror film was released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, free TV and VoD on Friday [July 5].

Released theatrically by Picturehouse Entertainment on 17 sites, it generated $32,000 (£21,399) over the weekend at a $1,876 (£1,259) average.

The film played to sold-out crowds at the likes of the Ritzy, Curzon Soho and Hackney Picturehouse in London, Dukes at Komedia in Brighton and Edinburgh’s Cameo.

For a limited release, the results are solid given the niche appeal of the film, in which a group of men descend into a magic mushroom-induced madness while searching for treasure in a field on the fringes of the English Civil War.

It also competed with the hottest weekend of the year and major sporting events including the Wimbledon tennis finals and International Test rugby final between the British & Irish Lions and Australia’s Wallabies.

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Second Opinion - A Field in England (2013)

A Field in England, 2013.

Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Starring Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, and Richard Glover.

Synopsis:

Mushrooms, madness and gold contribute to dark deeds in Civil War era rural England.

A desolate field in England, during the Civil War. Two men are in a white tent, one is screaming violently and unrelentingly but we can’t see what is happening. Three soldiers stand outside, not reacting to the screams but lost in their own hallucinations kicking in from the mushrooms they used in a soup. The screaming stops and in slow motion a man walks out of the tent with a rope wrapped around his torso. The rope is taunt and seemingly never ending. The man has a devilish grin on his face, the like of which cannot be described with words, but the stark black and white photography make it the most truly disturbing
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Movie Review - A Field in England (2013)

A Field in England, 2013.

Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Starring Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope and Richard Glover.

Synopsis:

Three Civil War deserters are forced to search for treasure in an English field.

A Field in England isn't really a film, it's a sensory and nightmarish overload. On the final credits' roll, you'll remain rooted in your seat, most likely confused, feeling like your brain's just been taken out back and had a countless number of unspeakable things done to it.

The story, for what it's worth, is about three Civil War deserters (which places the film in the 17th Century) who are forced to search for treasure. Well, at least on one level it's about that. It's also about the cyclical nature of life, mind-expanding mushroom trips and dark magic. And probably a whole lot more besides.

This is far more experimental than Ben Wheatley's last film,
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Film Review: 'A Field in England'

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★★★☆☆ British director Ben Wheatley has a bold habit of experimentation, having previously married kitchen sink drama to comic crime thriller in 2009's Down Terrace, social realism to occult horror in 2011's Kill List, and British camping comedy to serial killing in Sightseers (2012). His new film, A Field in England (2013), is in much the same vein. An English Civil War era costume drama about a mystical hunt for buried treasure with psychedelic monochrome visuals, it lies somewhere between Michael Reeves' The Witchfinder General, Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man - a potent mix.

Co-written by Wheatley's off-screen and collaborative partner Amy Jump and shot by regular cinematographer Laurie Rose, A Field in England bears the same sardonic dialogue, stomach-churning violence and earthy English countryside as his previous films. Our voyage begins with Whitehead (Reece Shearsmith), a God-fearing alchemist who stumbles across deserters
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‘A Field In England’ Review

Stars: Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Sara Dee, Richard Glover | Written by Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley

A Field In England, prolific low-budget and lo-fi filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s latest effort, continues the original and highly distinctive work he’s made thus far but pushes past boundaries and expectations to create a brilliantly psychotic burst of filmmaking which feels like it’s ventured forth from a parallel universe version of the 1960s.

With a budget of £300,000 and a shoot lasting 12 days, it’s rather incredible the finished film feels so perfectly polished but helped some fantastic cinematography from Laurie Rose and great sound design and music by Martin Pavey and Jim Williams respectively, the film takes top hold of the throat from the off with the sounds of war invading the soundscape and percussive score belying the budget and evoking filly the
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'A Field in England' review: Ben Wheatley's demented Civil War trip

'A Field in England' review: Ben Wheatley's demented Civil War trip
Director: Ben Wheatley; Screenwriter: Amy Jump; Starring: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Richard Glover; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 15

Ben Wheatley has never been one to do things by the book. His film breakthrough Down Terrace took the gangster drama and placed it within the confines of a Brighton family home, Kill List was a hitman thriller that spun off into occult horror and last year's Sightseers, his most accessible film to date, landed somewhere near the intersection of Mike Leigh and Terrence Malick's Badlands. When Wheatley makes a film, genres will bend and what you think is about to unfold on screen usually becomes something entirely unexpected.

For A Field in England - the prolific director's third film in as many years - the backdrop is the English Civil War, where a group of deserters (including Reece Shearsmith's Whitehead) are strong-armed into digging
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A Field In England review

Review Ryan Lambie 1 Jul 2013 - 05:50

Director Ben Wheatley returns with the hallucinatory A Field In England. Ryan explains why you should see it...

A Field In England begins with that most British of quests: the hunt for a decent pub. Featuring an ensemble cast including Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt and Michael Smiley, director Ben Wheatley's fourth feature film (discounting his segment in the horror anthology The ABCs Of Death) sees him turn from the contemporary settings of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers, and back to the grubby meadows of the English Civil War.

Amid the chaos of the 17th century war, four deserters stumble from the battlefields and head off in search of a pint of ale. Among them is Whitehead (Shearsmith), a meek, verbose "assistant to a gentleman of Norwich" on the trail of a thief called O'Neil, who's stolen a collection of his master's occult documents.
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Win Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field In England’ On DVD!

Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England will be the first ever film to be released in UK nationwide cinemas, on free TV, on Blu-ray & DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4Dvd and Film4 Channel partnering for nationwide multi-platform distribution on Friday 5th July 2013 and to celebrate, we’ve got 3 DVDs to giveaway!

Starring Michael Smiley (Kill List), Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers) and Ryan Pope (Ideal), A Field In England tells the story of a group of 17th century soldiers in the English Civil War.

The plot centres on the aftermath of a large battle in which a group of deserters are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley) and his henchman. The two force their captives to help them search for hidden treasure they believe is buried in the field, but
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New Trailer For A Field In England

New Trailer For A Field In England
If you thought the first trailer for Ben Wheatley’s latest, A Field In England (lurking at the bottom of the page) was a bit trippy, here comes the new one to laugh mockingly at your notions of trippy and get extra weird just for good measure. You have been warned. Wheatley’s Civil War enigma is shaping up to be one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of the year, and given the man’s past form, hopefully one of the best. The story finds Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando and Reece Shearsmith as survivors of a Civil War battle captured by Michael Smiley's alchemist and his sidekick Ryan Pope, and put to work helping him dig up a mysterious treasure trove.When they discover another hoard – of magic mushrooms – things start to get seriously weird.This new promo, which puts us in mind of Hammer promos from the
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Win A Field In England Blu-ray

Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England will be the first ever film to be released in UK nationwide cinemas, on free TV, on Blu-ray & DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4Dvd and Film4 Channel partnering for nationwide multi-platform distribution on Friday 5th July 2013.

We have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

Starring Michael Smiley (Kill List), Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers) and Ryan Pope (Ideal), A Field In England tells the story of a group of 17th century soldiers in the English Civil War.

The plot centres on the aftermath of a large battle in which a group of deserters are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley) and his henchman. The two force their captives to help them search for hidden treasure they believe is buried in the field,
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Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field In England’ Set For Release On All Formats From July 5th

Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England will be the first ever film to be released in UK nationwide cinemas, on free TV, on Blu-ray & DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4Dvd and Film4 Channel partnering for nationwide multi-platform distribution on Friday 5th July 2013.

Starring Michael Smiley (Kill List), Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers) and Ryan Pope (Ideal), A Field In England tells the story of a group of 17th century soldiers in the English Civil War.

The plot centres on the aftermath of a large battle in which a group of deserters are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley) and his henchman. The two force their captives to help them search for hidden treasure they believe is buried in the field, but not until they have feasted on a vast patch of mushrooms.
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First Official Trailer Released for Ben Wheatleys A Field in England

If the latest feature from British director Ben Wheatley ('Sightseers', 'Kill List') wasn't enough to get you excited then we're certain this first trailer from his new project 'A Field of England' won't disappoint. The shroom induced feature that is being described as 'a psychedelic trip into magic and madness' was written by Wheatley along with 'Kill List' co-scribe Amy Jump. The action takes place during the English Civil War and the trailer itself is as intriguing as the movies' concept. The film itself will also be receiving a landmark release here in the UK by arriving in theatres, on DVD, on TV and VOD all simultaneously on the same day - Friday 5 July to be exact. Julian Barratt ('The Mighty Boosh'), Reece Shearsmith ('The League of Gentlemen', 'The Cottage'), Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Richard Glover and Michael Smiley ('
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