Ben Wheatley’s “A FIELD IN ENGLAND” dated in UK; New picMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
An increasingly popular, experimental release pattern that sees films available both in cinemas and On Demand, and in this case on DVD and television as well, is being applied to the highly anticipated latest from prolific UK filmmaker Ben Wheatley (SIGHTSEERS, KILL LIST).
As his SIGHTSEERS gears up for U.S. release this Friday, Film4 has announced A FIELD IN ENGLAND (of which they financed through new venture Film 4.0) “will be the first ever film to be released in UK cinemas, on freeview TV, on DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4DVD and Film4 Channel partnering for this innovative watch-it-where-you-want experiment on Friday 5th July.”
However UK readers choose, you are an undeniably fortunate lot. Wheatley is an electrifying and intensely efficient new filmmaker, and A FIELD IN ENGLAND—described as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness”—sounds great: “England during the English Civil War. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.”
For more on Wheatley, pick up FANGORIA #323 for an exclusive chat about SIGHTSEERS.