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'Kill List' Director Plots Trippy Civil War Film 'A Field in England' Next

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September 4, 2012
Source: Film4

Ben Wheatley

Hot on the heels of the trailer for writer/director Ben Wheatley's newest film Sightseers, we've got some news about his follow-up project. If you haven't yet seen Kill List, the breakout film that really put Wheatley on the map, you're missing out on one of the most unsettling and engrossing genre pieces in recent memory (the Golden Briefcase guys even devoted an episode to it), and Wheatley's next venture seems equally bizarre. Film4 (via The Playlist) reveals the movie is called A Field in England, and it's a UK-set Civil War film that's hailed as "a psychedelic trip into magic and madness." Sounds like classic Wheatley. Read on!

Written by Wheatley and Amy Jump, the film takes place during the mid-1600s in England and follows a group of deserters who run away from a battle and find themselves in a large field. Captured by two men, one of them an alchemist played by Michael Smiley (who starred as Gal in Kill List), the group is forced to help search for a treasure that's believed to be buried in the field. When they eat mushrooms that are native to the area, things get trippy and everyone starts to get antsy and paranoid, and when they discover that the treasure they're looking for might not actually be gold, things get even weirder as "they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field."

Along with Smiley, the cast also includes Wheatley collaborator Richard Glover (Sightseers), as well as Julian Barratt from "The Mighty Boosh", Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, and Ryan Pope. This one definitely sounds like it has the potential to live up to Wheatley's other movies, and the bit about the field's mysterious terrifying energies really has me wondering just how far he'll take us into the madness this time. Filming begins next month, and this will be the first feature film fully developed and funded through Film4's new talent and ideas hub, Film4.0. Interested?

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