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May 9, 2013 1:59 PM
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Drafthouse Films Heads to Ben Wheatley's Psychedelic 'A Field In England'

"A Field in England." Drafthouse

With Ben Wheatley's black comedy arriving in U.S. theaters tomorrow "Sightseers," Drafthouse Films has announced it has picked up the North American rights to the British director's newest film, "A Field in England." Billed as a "psychedelic trip into magic and madness," the horror film is Wheatley's fourth, and follows a group of soldiers during the English Civil War of the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led to a giant mushroom field to assist in his search for treasure he believes is hidden there. Nightmarishly hallucinatory things then occur. The film stars Reece Shearsmith (“The League Of Gentlemen”) and Michael Smiley ("Kill List",) and features Julian Barrett (“The Mighty Boosh”) in a small role.

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Drafthouse is planning a theatrical and VOD release for the film in 2013.

"When we world-premiered Ben's debut feature 'Down Terrace' at Fantastic Fest in 2009, he deservedly won top prize, the AMD Next Wave award. We knew we were witnessing the debut of a major talent." said Drafthouse's Tim League in the announcement. "Ben represents the ideal filmmaker we love to support at Drafthouse Films and fully embodies our unique brand – a visionary who compounds genre themes and artfully unusual sensibilities. We are incredibly honored to be working with him to release 'A Field In England.""

"I’m very excited to be working with Drafthouse on 'A Field in England,'" Wheatley added. "They are a great company who have released some groundbreaking films over the last few years. I went to Fantastic Fest in 2009 wanting to visit a cinema I'd read about for years (and to buy up as many Mondo posters as I was allowed to take on the plane), I came away with the start of a career. Drafthouse is a name that will always be special to me and I’m really happy to be working side by side with them."

Wheatley's next feature, the big-budgeted sci-fi/action epic "Freak Shift," is currently in pre-production. The deal for "A Field in England" was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Andy Starke of Rook Films with Anna Higgs of Film4.

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  • Chris Draft | May 9, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Another year and here comes the big fiasco about Sundance Film Festival and how they have sifted through 12,000 film submissions sent in the mail and are responsible for discovering unknown low budget film gems.
    By now anyone who has followed and observed the absurd and has heard about the fallout between Sundance and a few Independent filmmakers that have taken them to court, will undoubtedly stay clear of this shambles of a so called Institution that appears to be just one more corrupted organization that has capitalized on the gullible dreams of aspiring filmmakers.

    A court ruling last year that ruled in their favor did determine that none of the films submitted actually had to be watched at all. If you are doing the math that is over 500,000.00 stolen from filmmakers who are also obligated to submit their film to an on-line submission process called without a box.

    Sundance thrives on celebrity sightings and even awards its own films each year in the winning categories all to the unbeknownst public and even filmmakers.

    John Cooper head of film programming should be hanging his head in shame, or should have been ousted by now from the board members who have obviously looked the other way also, while they continue to receive monies from over 12,000 filmmakers. Over 99% of these films selected for the festivals less than 100 film slots are done so in the previous year.

    In fact all 6 head programmers travel all over the world selecting films that have already played successfully in other festivals.

    So the question remains,why continue to take money from filmmakers whose films they would never watch anyways?

    Answer: Because the courts say they can.