And I had a tough time following the story. 5 men in a field, (in England). This site includes short videos on development, pre-production, shooting and post-production. A phenomenal exercise in experimental surrealism, one that feels like a nightmarish drug trip with doses of psychological horror and dark comedy. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Ben Wheatley's massive mindfuck of a movie (which resolves in a nearly structuralist fashion) might just as well have been titled "The Limits of Control." They act nonsensically. Sometimes it’s nice seeing more middle of the road directors try something experimental, it helps me to think about my own practice and how to break out of conventional storytelling methods. A beguiling piece with touches of mystery and farce. You'd think a film this unearthly and dreamlike would carry a rather serious tone throughout, but A Field in England is anything but.…. It touches on power and control, alchemy, courage and defining one's self. It follows the classic transformation character arc. Rated the #110 best film of 2013, and #5808 in the greatest all-time movies (according to RYM users). It's the how that matters in this exercise in style. I'm going to address my theory before I do anything else: Whitehead dies in battle, and his passage through the hedgerow is his passage through to the afterlife. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. The movie was shot on the Red Epic and the Canon C300, the latter with a variety of unusual lenses. If so, you'll need to disable it when using this site, as it spams the websites you visit with fake requests. Step Three: GET WEIRD! Positively one of the most well shot and well directed films I've seen in a long time, communicating a sense of insanity and surrealism within every single scene. Here is a brief overview FROM THE TOP! Review by Ben Hibburd ★★★★★ 16. The resulting “lens,” which Rose dub’s ‘The Mesmerizer,” uses part of a kid’s telescope as the lens. The Mechanics of Cinematography. the mise-en-scène of a film, can serve and enhance the story—so it is the cinematographer’s responsibility to ensure that every element is … During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. It is not set out to make things easy for its audience and I can only applaud it for that. Ben Wheatley is an incredibly divisive director,…. The repeated phrase, "I am my own master", shows how Whitehead must battle to repent, since he is now on his own, and no large amount of praying will cause his God to save him from entering the Field, which is Hell (the passage with the rope is their journey…. I didn't get much from the first half, but that may be my very own fault, as the accent was too thick to cut through and some of the dialogue just passed me by. Main character Whitehead goes from A to B and ends up a changed man. This is forbidden by our terms of service. Inventions and experiments from several photographers, scientists, and enthusiasts, have together helped develop the art and science of cinematography. Click here to read our Summer 2020 issue, featuring Time’s Garrett Bradley, our annual film school guide, a spotlight on television and more... by Michael Murie in Cinematography, Filmmaking on Jul 7, 2013. Finally watched this after sitting in my queue for years. English director Ben Wheatley’s [Kill List, Sightseers] latest project, A Field in England was shot in black and white and follows a group of deserters in the English Civil War. Such confident and masterful direction on display, and with terrific performances (Michael Smiley is MVP) and fantastic dialogue to boot. * *Nobody cares if you don't think…, Simon Ramshaw 255 films 14,070 590 Edit, Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…. Interestingly, the history of cinematography originates to a great extent in the art of photography. England, civil war. © Letterboxd Limited. I can handle the truth. “But they look beautiful, very soft and kind of ethereal,” adds Wheatley. Directed by: Ben Wheatley. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field. It cost me 4.49(GBP) It’s fantastic. It looks beautiful, shot in gorgeous black and white, which is used to enhance not just a feeling of time, but one where the world is reduced to just these colors, as the film itself is reduced to images that are largely metaphorical. This movie occupies the same space in my heart as The Fountain, The House That Jack Built, mother!, The Lord of the Rings, Swiss Army Man and Birdman. A major character is pulled on screen in a tug of war competition. 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. This is one of the weirdest, most confusing, hypnotic and unique movies I've ever seen. “And that’s been our main lens on that camera [the C300]. I’m not going to explain much more about the plot, firstly because this film works better going in fresh, and secondly it’s completely irrelevant to what the film is truly about. Your IP was not banned by a person; it was banned by a firewall that uses an automated algorithm. Go into this looking for plot, logic or narrative cohesion and you'll end up hating this. These Irish and ol' english are really something, aren't they? Genres: Period Drama, Surrealism. It is likely that he was a coward in battle and ran before he died, so he must therefore go to repent for his sins in Purgatory. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. Great gore effects and very beautiful B&W cinematography by Laurie Rose. The magic you can do with less than half a million. 2013 synopsis. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardianwrote that A Field in England was a "grisly and visceral" film that was "exposed to the elements, shivering with fever and discomfort". Not a compliment. See also: But with the second half going completely bonkers into a direction I couldn't have predicted in the slightest and surprised with every new shot until its very trippy end. A shroom a day, brings the Witcher to bay. If you don't think that you've A FIELD IN ENGLAND. Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. Julian Barratt Peter Ferdinando Richard Glover Ryan Pope Reece Shearsmith Michael Smiley Sara Dee, 90 mins   Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Step Two: Pick a Number. The audacity of the opus fluently ripples through the 90 wondrous minutes and the execution and presentation of the piece is just as polished. you know the one.