A Field in England opening in UK 5 July across all platforms

The Knowledge News

Paul Banks

This Friday you’ll be able to head to your local cinema to watch A Field in England, directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers). But if the thought of queuing to buy your ticket and the rustling of popcorn puts you off, you can catch the film in the comfort of your own living room instead. 

In a first for a British film, the feature is getting a multiple platform release on Friday 5 July, showing across cinemas, Film4, DVD/Blu-ray and VoD (via iTunes and Film4oD).

The Civil War drama is the first film to be developed and financed through Film4’s talent and idea driven hub, 4.0, and is also among the first to receive funding from the BFI Distribution Fund New Models strand, which aims to support new models of releasing.

Starring Michael Smiley and Reece Shearsmith, the film is an historical drama with a psychedelic twist, and follows a small group of deserters who become involved with an alchemist’s search for hidden treasure.

The film is backed by Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4DVD and Film4 Channel, and took just 12 days to shoot. It is written by Amy Jump and produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke at Rook Films, with Anna Higgs, executive producer for Film4.

Wheatley started his career as an animator and short filmmaker, and after success with around one hundred virals, he soon moved into mainstream media, directing live action sections of Channel 4’s Modern Toss and Ideal for BBC Three.

In 2009 he took just eight days to direct the feature film Down Terrace, and went on to complete Kill List for Warp Films in 2010. Last November saw the release of his third film, Sightseers, a macabre comedy about a couple of serial killers caravanning around the Lake District. He is currently developing an American project, Freakshift.


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Source: http://www.theknowledgeonline.com/the-knowledge-bulletin/post/2013/07/01/A-Field-in-England-Cinema-or-sofa