A Field in England (15)

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A Field in England

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 2 2013

If 2012’s ‘Sightseers’ suggested that British filmmaker Ben Wheatley was moving in a slightly more commercial direction following the whacked-out hitman horror of ‘Kill List’, ‘A Field in England’ swiftly puts any such fears to rest. It starts out straightforwardly enough – a group of soldiers from both sides of the English Civil War flee a battle in search of a pub. But after they stumble across a crop of the local mushrooms, things begin to get weirder. And weirder. And yet weirder.

‘A Field in England’ was shot in a few weeks with a skeleton cast and crew and entirely within the confines of a single grassy meadow in Surrey. Reece Shearsmith and Michael Smiley play a cowardly priest and his psychotic adversary, each of them pursuing a mystical MacGuffin the nature of which we never fully understand.

But story is secondary – if that – in Wheatley’s world. This is a film built on sensation, misdirection and randomness. The result can be maddeningly obtuse, but it’s also breathtakingly lovely and genuinely unsettling. As the historical setting suggests, early ’70s folk-horror is a key influence. But so are the experimental films of Maya Deren and Stan Brakhage: towards the end, there’s a ten-minute sequence of pure psychedelic freefall and freakout which is one of the most captivating, hypnotic and beautiful things you’ll ever see on a cinema screen.

On which note, ‘A Field in England’ is being released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD and on TV. We can’t stress enough how important it is to catch this one on the big screen.

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jul 5, 2013

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ben Wheatley

Cast:

Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley

Screenwriter:

Amy Jump

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Antho

Brilliant. I really enjoyed it. Witty & surreal and occasionally moving. Some great one-liners sprinkled throughout. Bound to be a classic of English cinema for years to come. Makes Pegg look like the Hollywood ho that he is. Definitely see it on the big screen while you can.

Antho

Brilliant. I really enjoyed it. Witty & surreal and occasionally moving. Some great one-liners sprinkled throughout. Bound to be a classic of English cinema for years to come. Makes Pegg look like the Hollywood ho that he is. Definitely see it on the big screen while you can.