A Field in England Saturday, 21 September 2019

A Field in England

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, coarse language and brief nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Doesn't get much farther a-field than this.

  • Starring:

    Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Sara Dee, Richard Glover

  • Directed by:

    Ben Wheatley

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, near-choked, pushed, butt-whipped, stung by nettles, bound, kicked, punched, hit with objects. Gunshots, explosions, smashed objects, debris. Items taken from corpses. Stealing, hanging, arson, wife-hating mentioned. Screaming, yelling, pleading. Blood/gore: Corpses. Blood on faces/hands, spitting blood, dripping blood, blood on clothing, bloody bullet wounds, spraying blood/flesh, bloody scratches. Dismembered finger, body dragged. Human skull. Face, head, leg blown out.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Venereal diseases mentioned. Sleeping with wife's sister mentioned. Male genitals seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Magic mushrooms consumed. Hallucinations. A poultice for venereal disease is prepared. Alcohol (ale, beer mentioned). Smoking (pipe).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, slang terms for genitals and bodily functions. Name-calling. Heavy religious references and exclamations. Cultural, regional, class stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    English Civil War, desertion, head-hunting, necromancy, prisoners, treasure-hunting, religion, faith, cowardice, symbolism, illusion, hallucination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    English Civil War setting. Infidelity, wife-loathing mentioned. Spider, cobwebs, caterpillar, horse, buzzing insects, crawling bugs. Spitting, drool, defecation, vomiting, urination. Alchemy, astrology, prediction, prophecy, divination, occult, invisibility, the devil, plague mentioned. Extended sequences of stroboscopic flickering and flash-editing.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Confident, diverting, avant-garde, surreal, abstract, darkly comic, experimental, psychological, contemporary. Intriguing premise, stunning black-and-white monochrome, good performances, extraordinary direction, intense soundtrack. Ground-breaking distribution campaign masterminded for UK release.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven characterisation, insane finale, confusing, aimless, frustrating, smug, tedious, messy, ugly, weird, awful, alienating, obtuse. Soundtrack dominates dialogue. Frequently cuts to black.

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