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After his blisteringly visceral thriller Kill List last year, UK filmmaker Ben Wheatley recently returned to the helm for the pitch black comedy Sightseers, a movie that managed to leave this writer’s jaw on the floor during its stunning conclusion and will most likely make my Top 5 list for 2013 as well. It’s just that damn great and the perfect example of powerful indie storytelling done right.
Sightseers follows new couple, Tina (Alice Lowe) and Chris (Steve Oram), who are setting out for a road trip through Northern England, the first true test of their blossoming relationship. Throughout their travels, they plan to hit up quaint little landmarks like local museums (Giant Pencils!) and kitschy roadside attractions, but soon enough, their trip takes a horribly hilarious detour as Chris’ psychotic tendencies reveal themselves. The two become entwined a string of murders along their route, forcing them to confront their »
- Heather Wixson
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 (' »
Director Ben Wheatley is quickly becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers in England. From Down Terrace to Kill List to Sightseers, Wheatley has crafted a body of work that isn’t easily pigeonholed, but is filled with interesting characters and compelling situations. The filmmaker looks to continue that trend in his latest, a trippy art house period piece entitled A Field in England. The feature may be his most ambitious to date if this trailer is any indication. The film follows a group of deserters during the English Civil War. They’re captured by an alchemist, who then puts them to work searching for a hidden treasure located somewhere in a massive mushroom field. From there, it all gets really strange. It’s hard to know what to make of A Field...
- Mike Bracken
After the phenomenal success of his last two films, British director Ben Wheatley is back in cinemas this summer with A Field in England (2013). Following the critical acclaim lavished on Kill List (2011) and last year's Sightseers (2012) (plus debut Down Terrace), Wheatley's next endeavour is an ambitiously psychedelic historical drama set during the English Civil War. The film is a first in the UK in that it will receive a multi-format release available simultaneously in movie theatres, on DVD, on television and video on-demand courtesy of Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment and 4Dvd. As you've no excuse not to catch it upon release, you may as well whet your appetite with the newly emerged poster and trailer.
A group of deserters flee a battlefield in the English Civil War across a monochrome field. Unexpectedly, they are captured by an alchemist who forces them to aid in his treasure hunt and after they all ingest some suspect mushrooms, »
- CineVue UK
I'm a fan of Ben Wheatley's twisted films that include Kill List and Sightseers. Both of those movie were insane, and it looks like A Field in England is going to be just as entertaining. The story is set in the Civil War era, and it follows a group of soldiers who stumble upon a mushroom field, and from there things get wild. The first trailer for the film has been released, and it's pretty trippy. It doesn't give us a lot to go off of, just a lot of randomness, so I have no idea what's really in store for us, but I'm sure it will be great.
England during the English Civil War. 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 »
- Joey Paur
UK director Ben Wheatley first picked up major praise among genre fans for his fascinating and challenging thriller Kill List, and followed with the “U is for Unearthed” segment of The ABCs of Death and the darkly comic Sightseers (which was released in the Us earlier this month). His latest film, the black & white period horror tale A Field in England, will be premiering soon, and you can watch the eerie new trailer below: A Field in England - Official UK Trailer Set in 1648, A Field in England focuses on a group of deserters from the English Civil War who are forced to assist an alchemist in his search for buried treasure in the title field, where they fall victim to bizarre phenomenon – which may be triggered by the strange mushrooms the men have consumed, or by more diabolical forces. A Field in England is set to premiere in the UK on July 5th. »
- Gregory Burkart
Ahead of its multi-platform release this July, Film4 has released the official trailer for the upcoming English Civil War horror A Field in England, the latest film from Ben Wheatley, the British filmmaker behind Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. Check it out after the official synopsis:
"England during the Civil War. 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; Kill List), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. »
- Flickering Myth
The first trailer for director Ben Wheatley's latest film, A Field in England has been released, and we have it for you right here in all of its black and white spooky glory! Check it out, and look for more on this one really soon!
From the Press Release
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced the acquisition of North American rights to original horror film A Field in England. This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs of Death. Billed as "a psychedelic trip into magic and madness," A Field in England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, »
- Uncle Creepy
British writer-director Ben Wheatley's reputation has been rising fast in art house and horror circles. In 2011, his gritty thriller Kill List won rave reviews out of its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the buzz only grew as it toured fests and snagged theatrical runs in the UK and Us. Because of Wheatley's incisive and grim style, many eagerly awaited his follow-up Sightseers . The dark comedy about the deranged exploits of a pair of homicidal caravan enthusiasts made an illustrious premiere at the Cannes Film Fest last year, and finally opened in the Us this month, where it was likewise met with much praise. Surprisingly, his latest effort is seemingly skipping the festival circuit that has served him so well. Instead, A Field in England will be simultaneously released in the United Kingdom in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray, DVD and Film4 Channel on July 5th. »
Visionary British director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers) has earned deserved reputation for his twisted, dark, violent, and at times funny features. His new film titled A Field In England, is set during the English Civil War and stars Julian Barratt from comedy duo The Mighty Boosh, Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List), and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen). A Field in England stars Michael Smile, Peter Ferdinando and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen). The film is getting a simultaneous release across multiple formats – video on demand, cinema, television and DVD – on the 5th July. You can check out the trailer for the film, which was recently acquired by Drafthouse Films, below.
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 »
Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) brings his horror sensibilities to a 17th Century setting in the first trailer for A Field in England, following the poster debut earlier this month. Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, and Julian Barratt star in this thriller about a group of British Civil War soldiers who are captured by an alchemist and experience horrifying visions in a strange mushroom field. Check out the first footage from this upcoming horror tale, debuting in theaters and on VOD later this year through Drafthouse Films.
A Field In England - Trailer
As I said in my review of Sightseers, director Ben Wheatley has carved out a niche for creating dark, insanely violent, and comically twisted pictures. The trailer for his latest film, A Field in England, has been released and provides a captivating expansion of Wheatley's style. The movie takes place in England in 1648 and sees a group of deserters captured by an alchemist who forces the men to find a hidden treasure. However, the search descends into madness as they eat the psychedelic mushrooms from a field. There's enough here to let you know it's Wheatley, although the lack of humor and emphasis on the trippy visuals makes this movie feel more in line with Kill List rather than Sightseers and Down Terrace. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. A Field in England will be released in the U.K. on July 5th in theaters, TV, Blu-ray & DVD, »
- Matt Goldberg
Trailer Ryan Lambie 21 May 2013 - 16:51
British director Ben Wheatley has earned deserved attention for his superb films Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. Although linked by their black humour and occasional jabs of violence, each of those films offered different and often unexpected experiences - and Wheatley's latest movie, A Field In England, looks as though it'll follow suit.
Set during the English Civil War, the movie's about a group of soldiers who undergo a series of hallucinations after snacking on the mushrooms they find in a field. Starring Julian Barratt, Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith and Richard Glover, A Field In England looks like a surreal amalgam of Witchfinder General and Nicolas Winding Refn's strange and savage Valhalla Rising, with some beautifully stark black-and-white cinematography.
As we heard a couple of weeks ago, »
Drafthouse Films recently announced that they acquired North American distribution rights to A Field In England, the latest film from Kill List director Ben Wheatley. While a Us release date hasn’t been set, the UK will be able to see it starting on July 4th and the official trailer has been released.
“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 his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. »
- Jonathan James
Just recently we learned about the unique distribution plan in the United Kingdom for A Field in England, a trippy period horror thriller from Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. In addition, Drafthouse Films just picked up the film for distribution here in the United Sates. It's good timing because now the first trailer has arrived for the film about a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. It looks like another wild and unique film from Wheatley, a truly talented filmmaker. Here's the first trailer for Ben Wheatley's A Field in England from Picturehouse Cinemas: A Field in England is directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay co-written by Wheatley and Amy Jump. The story follows a small group of deserters fleeing »
- Ethan Anderton
J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote that “not all who wander are lost.” I think it’s safe to assume though that the men in Ben Wheatley’s new film are indeed lost in more ways than once. A Field in England looks to be a hallucinogenic, historical, road trip of sorts from the director who previously gave us Kill List and the recently streaming Sightseers. Between the stark black and white photography and images of dirty, brawny warriors losing their mind, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising. Given the man behind the camera, I’m still curious about A Field In England, even though I get the sense I’ve tasted these psychedelic mushrooms before. Drafthouse Pictures will release the film in the states later this year. Check out the trailer and poster below.
- Michael Haffner
I’m assuming death is involved here somewhere. This is Ben Wheatley, director of “Kill List” and “Sightseers”, after all. Check out the first trailer for his latest, the period horror “A Field in England”. Oh, to be a character in a Ben Wheatley movie. Imagine all the wacky misadventures I’d get to go on, not to mention digging for treasure in the fields only to discover that it might not actually be treasure I’m digging up. Hey-yo! Now that’s some excitement. And yes, it also looks like Wheatley was tripping a bit when he wrote/directed this thing. Which makes it all that much more interesting, no? (And don’t adjust your computer screens or iPads or whatever fancy doohickey you kids use to watch your movie trailers these days. The movie is in black and white. Artsy!) England during the Civil War. A small group »
Can a film be black and white and still be psychedelic? That’s one of the (many) questions raised by the first trailer for A Field In England, the latest film from prolific U.K. director Ben Wheatley, whose last movie, Sightseers, was featured on our Must List just a couple of weeks back.
A Field In England is set during the English Civil War and stars Julian Barratt from comedy duo The Mighty Boosh, Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List, Luther), and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen). You can check out the trailer for the film, which was recently acquired by Drafthouse Films, »
- Clark Collis
Ben Wheatley’s films are always worth looking out for and his forthcoming A Field in England looks no different.
The trailer we have for you today paints a dour and frantic picture of the effects of war with some intriguing surrealism shining through the cracks. The film has made headlines across the world for its bold release schedule, the film will be available on VOD and DVD with a Television premiere on Film 4 as well as a limited theatrical run – all from the same day.
Those familiar with Sightseers and Kill List will know of Wheatley’s neat take on the dark psychic underbelly of the English character with psychedelia and the mental ravages of the English Civil war provide a rich ground for thematic continuity.
Can’t wait. The 5th of July is when the new madness starts. See it, because they’ve made it very easy for you to do so. »
- Jon Lyus
Ben Wheatley’s terrific black comedy Sightseers opened in some Us theaters and on VOD two weeks ago. The first trailer for his follow-up effort, A Field in England has now arrived along with the new poster (above). Described as ‘a psychedelic trip into magic and madness’ the horror film will be the first ever UK production to debut simultaneously in just about every format known to humankind – Americans will get to see it later this year thanks to Drafthouse Films. A Field in England follows a group of soldiers during the English Civil War of the 17th century who stumble upon a mushroom field, »
- Nick Martin
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