A psychedelic trip into magic and madness, Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England takes its English Civil War setting and proceeds to warp it into something utterly distinctive. Channeling British classics such as Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man whilst retaining the gender-bending tastes Wheatley displayed in Kill List and Sightseers, the film sees an alchemist capture a group of deserters and set them to the task of finding a mysterious treasure; feasting on huge circle of mushrooms; and becoming the victim of the field’s mysterious energies. A true one-off from one of our most distinctive, and truly British, filmmakers.
This screening will be accompanied by contributions from Ben Wheatley, producer Andy Starke, other members of the team behind the film, and representatives of Film 4.0 and Picturehouses, who will be discussing the innovative ways in which the film was financed, produced, and distributed, as the EEFF 2013’s ‘Unpacking British Cinema’ showcase.
Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse websitehere.
A man avenges the death of his father, and while on the run embarks on a hallucinogenic Odyssey to the dark heart of his soul. Featuring a stunning score from Michael Nyman, and based on Paul Sellar’s acclaimed West End play, 2 Graves is a daring piece of cinema, having Jack (Jonathan Moore) retell his story in a hypnotic rhyming monologue. Bobby Tops’ rise and fall at the 1978 World Professional Darts Championship, subsequent death and his son’s revenge are relayed with mordant humour and tragic irony, all on a crumbling, atmospheric theatre set.
Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.