First Look: Ben Wheatley's UK Civil War Project 'A Field in England'
What do we have here? British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has had a very eclectic, but fascinating career. He started out with the crime comedy Down Terrace, followed it up with the insane cult horror Kill List, and brought us the caravan comedy Sightseers this year. He's already at work directing his next film, something called A Field in England, another extremely interesting story, this one set during the English Civil War (during the 1600s). It's about a group of deserters hunting for hidden treasure in a field who come across mushrooms and things get crazy. I don't believe this B&W photo represents how trippy this film might be.
This first look photo comes from the Film4 Blog (via Bleeding Cool) written by the film's executive producer Anna Higgs, making the first "feature to go into production from my Film4.0 slate". She recently visited Ben Wheatley's set, where it's shooting "in a beautiful field in Surrey." Here is the first shot (click for full):
Higgs goes on to say that they're now editing the English Civil War-set film that stars 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). She explains "the energies in the field were nothing but brilliantly creative and it is a testament to the team that these weren't ever dampened by the cold October rains." I'm honestly intrigued, to say the least. Here's a more thorough plot description:
Follows a small group of deserters fleeing from a raging battle through an overgrown field. As they are captured by O'Neil, an alchemist, they are forced to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descends into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies inside the field.
Say what? Mushrooms and alchemists and English Civil War deserters? This is why I love Ben Wheatley as a filmmaker. Who actually goes out and makes movies this insane to begin with? Not many. I really want to see this, even though I have no idea what we'll be getting into. I'll keep you updated on A Field in England.