'A Field In England': Ben Wheatley's favorite film freak-outs
When British director Ben Wheatley‘s new film A Field in England was released in the U.K. last year one newspaper hailed the 17th century drama as “Apocalypse Now among the hedgerows.” Certainly this latest movie from the director of Sightseers, Kill List, and the forthcoming, Tom Hiddleston-starring High-Rise makes for an unforgettable experience as audiences here will discover when the film arrives in select cinemas and on VOD tomorrow.
Set during the English Civil War, A Field In England stars Reece Shearsmith, Ryan Pope, Peter Ferdinando, and Richard Glover as a quartet of folks who decide to absent themselves from a battle and come across both an Irishman named O’Neill (Michael Smiley) and a lot of magic mushrooms in the titular grassy locale. What ensues is a battle of wills and wits but also a drugs-fueled phantasmagoria — which offers the perfect excuse for Mr Wheatley to name his favorite psychedelic movie sequences. You can check out the filmmaker’s picks below.
1. The induction film of the Parallax corporation in Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View (1974)
BEN WHEATLEY: The Parallax View is one of my favorite films. It’s a great thriller, but still finds time to sit down and freak out for 6 minutes. Its like Pakula is reaching into your head and reprogramming you.
2. Being taken into the computer in Tron (1982)
BEN WHEATLEY: This is mesmerizing. Early computer animation that shows a Flynn point of view as he is sucked into the computer. As a kid this was amazing, it’s still very cool now.
3. Slit scan in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
BEN WHEATLEY: In the cinema this is incredible. It feels like Kubrick is battering you unconscious with color.
4. All of Enter The Void (2009)
BEN WHEATLEY: An experience more than a traditional film. This made me feel like I’d been tranquillized…in a good way.
5. The boat ride in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
BEN WHEATLEY: How did this happen? Isn’t there a chicken getting its head chopped off in this sequence or did I dream it? The whole movie is really very sinister and this out of know where trip out is particularly odd.
Still not fully freaked-out? Then check out the A Field In England trailer below.