Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to original horror film A Field In England. This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs Of Death.
Billed as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness,” A Field In England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013. Fans can connect with A Field In England on tFacebook and can also download a free track from the soundtrack by Jim Williams.
With a new feature, the 8-figure-budgeted sci-fi/action epic Freak Shift, currently in pre-production, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones & Andy Starke assembled A Field In England with financing via Film4’s talent and ideas arm Film4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith (“The League Of Gentlemen”), Kill List‘s Michael Smiley andfeatures Julian Barrett (“The Mighty Boosh”) in a small role.
Wheatley’s work has been lauded by both critics and moviegoers, placing him at the forefront of a new-wave in contemporary cinema emerging from the festival circuit dubbed “art-house horror.” Chris Hewitt of Empire Magazine has proclaimed, “in only three years, Ben Wheatley has gone from unknown to one of the UK’s most exciting, hilarious and most violently disturbing filmmakers.”