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Ben Wheatley is an English filmmaker who started in shorts, sketch, viral videos and animation, before transitioning to make four distinctly English, variably horrific features: Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. Expertly weaving seemingly disparate genres, Wheatley’s films have a visceral immediacy that sometimes belies their formal complexity.
With his latest feature, A Field in England, film form comes to the fore. The would be midnight movie about a motley crew traversing the English Civil War was shot in black and white with a variety of (sometimes unique) lenses and includes a psychedelic freakout.
It was our great pleasure to have Ben join us again at our OCAD U studio space during the Toronto International Film Festival. We had the chance to discuss A Field in England at length, how it was made, its unique distribution model and two new exciting projects he has lined up: Freakshift and his adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise. We discuss his first three features in-depth in our first conversation in 2012.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #19: Ben Wheatley, Mark Peranson, Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher, Frank Pavich, Bonne Smith, Jasmine Pauk, Meghan Parnell, Aidan Cowling, Suzan Ayscough, Liam Crockard, Julian Higuerey Nunez, Vincent Van Cooten, Jason Charters, Liam Romalis, William F. White, Signs of Toronto and Williams Design.