England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil, an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. 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.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about director Ben Wheatley, but his two most prominent films – Kill List and Sightseers – are still on my to-watch list. Now we have a trailer for a new film from Wheatley, which the director describes as “a super-low-budget, rapidly shot mashup of the melancholic aesthetic of Ingmar Bergman, the comedic sensibility of Mel Brooks and the tonal uneasiness of Lars Von Trier.” Whaaaaat? A Field in England looks positively insane from these trailers and, somehow, Wheatley appears to have achieved his goal. This really does look like Bergman, Brooks and Von Trier rolled into one! I’ll be keeping a close watch on this madness.
A Field in England has already seen release in the UK. No word yet as to when it’s coming to North America.