English Civil War

Coming off the gut-punch success of Kill List and hoping for similar results with his forthcoming Sightseers (and his ABCs of Death entry), Ben Wheatley is apparently going to wandering around in a war-torn field looking for treasure and mind-altering substances. Not a bad way to spend a sunny English weekend. According to Film4, Wheatley will be directing A Field in England – the first feature to be fully financed by the Film4.0 initiative. Amy Jump, who co-wrote Kill List and edited Sightseers, will co-write this with Wheatley as well.

The movie, which will star  Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover and Ryan Pope, focuses on a group of men who bail on a vicious English Civil War battle (circa 1648) only to be caught by two strange men looking for a treasure in the middle of a mushroom-heavy field. Then, chaos reigns. Charles I probably won’t be happy about it.

It’s refreshing to see a period drama that sounds wholly unstuffy – a look into the world of the mid-1600s that isn’t all dry scoffing and sobriety. Although, without any Grateful Dead to aid them, it’s unclear what sort of tasty grooves these military men will be jamming to while paranoia takes hold. Jokes aside, that sound you hear is either three cheers for bizarre original filmmaking from talented storytellers or the distant drumbeat of a weird war movie on the way.

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