Ben Wheatley is an incredible director who has turned out such wildly varied and brilliant gems as Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers (read my review here). So it's a pretty remarkable coup that Drafthouse Films has nabbed the North American rights to his latest, an original horror film called A Field in England.
From the press release:
Billed as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness,” A Field In England followsa 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.
“When we world-premiered Ben's debut feature Down Terrace at Fantastic Fest in 2009, he deservedly won top prize, the AMD Next Wave award. We knew we were witnessing the debut of a major talent.” saysFantastic Fest Founder and Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, “Ben represents the ideal filmmaker we love to supportat Drafthouse Films and fully embodies our unique brand – a visionary who compounds genre themes and artfully unusual sensibilities. We are incredibly honored to be working with him to release A Field In England."
“I’m very excited to be working with Drafthouse on A Field in England. They are a greatcompany who have released some groundbreaking films over the last few years. I went to Fantastic Fest in 2009 wanting to visit a cinema I'd read about for years (and to buy up as many Mondo posters as I was allowed to take on the plane), Icame away with the start of a career. Drafthouse is a name that will always be special to me and I’m really happy to beworking side by side with them,” says Wheatley.
This is major, and I personally cannot wait to see this movie as soon as possible. Congrats to Drafthouse Films for their continued acquisition of some of the coolest and most distinct titles available!
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