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Ben Wheatley's latest feature to be first Film4.0 project

Ben Wheatley's latest feature to be first Film4.0 project
Staff Reporter
05 September 2012

Ben Wheatley's latest project A Field in England is the first feature to be developed and fully financed through Film4 talent and ideas hub Film4.0.

A Field in England is described as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness”. It is the latest collaboration between Film4, Wheatley and Rook Films, following last year's acclaimed Kill List and forthcoming release Sightseers, which premiered in Cannes and is being released on 30th November by STUDIOCANAL (pictured).

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) will star in A Field in England.

The film is set at the time of the English Civil War in the mid seventeenth century. 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 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.

A Field in England is written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley and produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke, with Anna Higgs as executive producer for Film4. Shooting commences late September. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales.

A Field in England will be Wheatley's next film before the already announced Freakshift, which is set to shoot in early 2013 in partnership with Film4 and Lava Bear Films.

"It's great to be continuing the relationship with Film4 and Film4.0,” says Wheatley. “A Field in England is a project that we have been talking about for years and are very excited about making. It brings together the more psychedelic elements of Kill List and Sightseers and weaves in our take on historical drama."

Anna Higgs, commissioning editor for Film4.0, said: "One of the central strands of Film4.0 is to work with directors and producers in new and agile ways, so it's fitting that our first project should be with Ben, who is one of the industry's most original and exciting filmmakers. A Field in England is a brilliantly compelling story that builds on Ben's innovative work to date, I'm excited to be working with both him and Rook Films to forge new paths right across development, production and distribution."

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