As you’ll hopefully have seen announced here, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England is the first feature to go into production from my Film4.0 slate, and it’s been quite the journey thus far!
From that announcement in September to today, the team have moved at lightning speed to prep and shoot. They’re now editing away on the English Civil War-set film that stars 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).
The film follows a small group of deserters fleeing from a raging battle through an overgrown field. As they are captured by O’Neil, an alchemist, they are forced 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.
Fortunately on the shoot itself, which took place in a beautiful field in Surrey, the energies in the field were nothing but brilliantly creative and it is a testament to the team that these weren’t ever dampened by the cold October rains they faced on a few days!
As the Executive Producer I had the absolute pleasure of visiting set – though it seems odd to call a field a set! – twice, and it was brilliant to see Ben working with the actors and his regular team of collaborators including Claire Jones & Andy Starke, his producers, and Laurie Rose his Cinematographer. You can get the tiniest taste of their work together in this exclusive (and gorgeous!) still from the film:
It’s coming together to be a unique film, and a perfect next project for Ben following up on Down Terrace and Kill List, just as Sightseers is released in the UK and a whole new audience is introduced to the Wheatley world.
Film4.0 will also be working to open up this world for fans and filmmakers alike, with a very exciting digital partner project to the film. But we’ll be bringing you more on that soon, so as they say: watch this space!