- Running time90 minutes
- DirectorBen Wheatley
- CastJulian Barrat, Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith
A Field in England is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley, award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. This grimly visceral period drama follows a group of soldiers during the English Civil War of the 17th century. The group are captured by an alchemist and led to a giant mushroom field to assist in his search for the treasure he believes is hidden there. This landscape of psilocybin, merged with the constant feverish struggle and unrest of the protagonists, drags the narrative into a series of nightmarish hallucinations and dark deeds, in this work of psychotropic strangeness and malevolent genius.
A Field in England’s incredible imagery, so divergent from anything one would usually associate with the psychedelic, is stark and striking in it’s beauty. From inexplicable moments of “tableaux vivant”, where the actors all stand still without warning or reason, to the checkerboard anxiety attack of the “eyeball-frazzling and cerebellum-sizzling” strobe scene, this film confirmed Wheatley as one of the most exciting, innovative directors in the UK.
Please be aware this film does contain a very extreme strobe effect, and as such is not suitable with those who suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.
Leading up to Psych Fest, FACT and Picturehouse present a special season of Psychedelia in film inspired by Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. There will also be a series of artist-made shorts curated by FACT showing in the Festival’s cinema space for Psych Fest pass holders.
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