'A Field in England': Why We're Excited About Ben Wheatley's Latest Project

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There are aren't many British directors who make movies like Ben Wheatley, the filmmaker behind atmospheric hitman thriller Kill List and last year's jet black lovers on the lam comedy Sightseers.

The Brighton-based director is already proving to be a dab hand at taking a conventional genre setup and turning it completely on its head (see Kill List's disturbing cult ritual ending), and all signs point towards him doing exactly the same for next month's A Field in England.

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Set in rural England during the Civil War, this is no ordinary historical drama. Shot in black and white, it follows a group of deserters who trek through a field with alchemist O'Neil (Michael Smiley) in search of hidden treasure. Consuming mushrooms as their first meal, it sends the group off on a surreal trip as they discover that the field holds secrets other than gold.

With Wheatley we've learned to expect the unexpected, and in the case of A Field in England that also applies to how it's being released on July 5. The film will avoid the traditional multiplex to DVD distribution cycle and instead arrive simultaneously in cinemas, DVD, FIlm4 and video on demand.

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It's the first time a British film has used this ambitious release model, so if you're a fan of Wheatley's previous work then there's really no excuse for missing out - big screen, small screen, mobile or tablet the film will be there.

Traditionalists will be glad to know that Wheatley will be touring cinemas in London for post-film Q&As throughout July, and there's also the prospect of seeing A Field in England in an actual field. Further details can be found on the official website, but in the meantime here's the film's trailer to whet your appetite.