6.3/10
6,948
81 user 144 critic

A Field in England (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | 5 July 2013 (UK)
Trailer
2:04 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Director:

Writer:

1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sightseers (2012)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram
Kill List (2011)
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson
Down Terrace (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Robin Hill, Robert Hill, Julia Deakin
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Director: Peter Strickland
Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An ambient story which works as a puzzle between 4 very different characters, by offering up ideas of imagination, false reality, escape from modern day pressures, and love.

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Lauren Pressdee, Dominic Woodward, Steve Garry
High-Rise (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dark and gruesome tale following the story of Samuel and Emily - an unlikely couple desperately trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Steve Garry, Phoebe Jones, Alex Rose March
The Chariot (2010)
Short | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A sickly old man goes on a quest across the city to recover his stolen shop-mobility.

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Clive Cope, Lauren Pressdee, Steve Garry
Tank 432 (2015)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

With nowhere else to hide, a group of mercenaries and their two prisoners take cover inside a long abandoned Bulldog tank. But, while they try to keep the forces outside at bay, the real ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Rupert Evans, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young girl is locked away and forced to sew shadows together for an insane and evil businessman.

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Marco Melander, Marianne Niemelä, Ane Orue-Etxebarria
I am Candy (2013)
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

ITS HALLOWEEN. LUCAS, A SEVEN YEAR OLD BOY IS HOME ALONE, HE FINDS OUT HIS PUMPKIN BAG IS MISSING, SOMEONE TOOK IT AND HAS EATEN ALL THE CANDY. LUCAS FOLLOWS THE WRAPPINGS PATH NOT KNOWING THAT IT LEADS TO A TRAP.

Director: Jb Minerva
Stars: Alejandro Duran, Carlos Estefano Velazquez
The Final Boy (2008)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Business man John is haunted throughout his day by the image of a demonic young boy in this shocking short film.

Director: Nick Gillespie
Stars: Steve Garry, Bryn Pressdee, Lauren Pressdee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Trower
...
Jacob
...
Friend
Ryan Pope ...
Cutler
...
Whitehead
...
O'Neil
Sara Dee ...
The Field (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Thinking only of what lay behind, they are ambushed by two dangerous men and made to search the field. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field. Written by jessgiostan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 July 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A field in England  »

Box Office

Budget:

£316,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,498 (USA) (7 February 2014)

Gross:

$30,716 (USA) (14 March 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

No women appear on screen during the whole film. See more »

Quotes

Whitehead: Have you ever looked up?
Friend: Sounds badly paid.
See more »

Connections

References Onibaba (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Works at an aesthetic level but nowhere else – lots of good moments, but they never connect to one another
25 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've seen and enjoyed the last few films from Wheatley – not to the point that I love him but certainly to the point that I know he will bring me something interesting as a total package. He seems to do "brooding tone" very well while also engaging with plots, dark humor and generally well shot films. This one starts on the same way, moving characters into place and setting up some weird supernatural scenario which appears to be building and building. I was engaged by this but once we reach a certain point, it appears that this changes and it becomes almost nothing about a narrative flow and entirely about the visual and stylistic chaos of the final third.

Plot wise the film delivers nothing in this part. Characters who were dead show up, violent deaths occur, massive visions and tripping out. Those that defend the film say that you just need to go with this and that perhaps those that don't just don't like this sort of experience; I would point to 2001, it delivers content like this but does so in a way that makes sense and fits with the plot. In this case it is hard not to see it as being done for the sake of it and this is partly because the film is generally very aesthetically pleasing. The staged shots look great, the weird ideas are presented in a way that works (the two main "on a rope" scenes), the music produces a great sense of dread and generally it is a very well shot film. So when it offers nothing in the narrative sense, it is hard not to think that perhaps it has been focusing on the style all along and that any sense of a plot was merely just to get it where it needed to be so it could unleash stylistically.

Don't get me wrong, I liked it from this point of view but even having some structure or some basic narrative flow would have made it a good film, not just one that feels like the director was playing with how it looks and sounds. The cast deliver what is asked of them very well and their involvement is total, there are no bad performances here and I really liked the "small cast, small space" idea. Problem is that none of them have characters, just moments. They are great in this scene and in the next, but nothing bridges them. Indeed this is true of the whole film. Read the positive reviews here – they talk about how awesome a certain scene was or how great a certain visual trick was, but they really are not so clear about what was good about the film as a whole. Truth is I agree – there are lots of good individual moments, because the snippets are all cool to look at and very well delivered, but this isn't a music video, a fashion shoot or a 20 second commercial, it is a feature film that proposes to have a plot – but only proposes it.

For what it does well the film should be commended, but to ride on aesthetics alone for 90 minutes is a big ask and it is beyond this film. The ideas and structures probably cover it for fir the first half, but after this it really goes all out for the looks and style and, once you've had this and only this for 10 minutes then it starts getting boring without substance – and unfortunately once you hit that wall, there is probably still 20-30 minutes left to go, meaning it gets tiresome and a bit annoying. Worth a look for what it does well, but even on this level it has its limits – if this film is what he wanted to do then it would have worked much, much better as a 45 minute short.


49 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Love this film so Much . But still one bit makes me Cringe pokerface-4
Brilliant film garytw
Great Director But This Is Absurdly Pretentious. Karl_Hungus3
A Field Not in England TheGreatNebber
Phew! Possible references / tracks to follow... loigsan
The Tug Of War Sequence marksmethurst76
Discuss A Field in England (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?