A Field in England

A Field in England
United Kingdom, 2013
Directed by:

Dir.: Ben Wheatley
Prod.: Claire Jones, Andy Starke
Scr.: Amy Jump
Phot.: Laurie Rose
Music: Jim Williams
Editor: Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
Cast: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Michael Smiley
Black & White
Distributor: Rook Films/Andrew Starke
90 mins.

The English Civil War is raging, and the dark age, when the laws of the universe mean nothing to anyone and the idea of rotating planets is tantamount to heresy, throws up its fair share of strong language. In this story, skirmishes aren’t confined to the battlefield, either. Searching for hidden treasure, a small group of men are assisted by some peculiar mushrooms which shift everything to somewhat unforeseen realms. The film is set in a magical yet chaotic era and, even in its feistily stylised form employing both earthy and exalted dialogue, it manages to crank up an extraordinary tension. This edge is also apparent given the fact that, as a seductively constructed, eloquently scored black-and-white piece, it brings to light the period’s barbarity and squalor, scourges which might seem perilously evocative of modern times.


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