Drafthouse Films visit “A FIELD IN ENGLAND”


Following yesterday’s announcement of day-and-date release in the UK, the ever expanding and ever exciting distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse, Drafthouse Films has announced their acquisition of Ben Wheatley’s A FIELD IN ENGLAND for U.S. release.

What’s probably my most anticipated film of the year, thanks to the incredible nature of Wheatley’s previous work (including this Friday’s SIGHTSEERS and his KILL LIST), A FIELD is 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.

“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.” says Fantastic Fest Founder and Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, “Ben represents the ideal filmmaker we love to support at 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 great company 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),  I came away with the start of a career. Drafthouse is a name that will always be special to me and I’m really happy to be working side by side with them,” says Wheatley.

The film is planned for theatrical and VOD release later in 2013. For more, visit its official Facebook and download a free track from its soundtrack by Jim Williams here.

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