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A Field In England

A Field In England quad posterDirector: Ben Wheatley

Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Richard Glover

Cert: 15

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Ben Wheatley follows the psycho-holiday fun of Sightseers with a cloudier brew in this 17th century based mushroom-induced nightmare. The League of Gentleman’s Reece Shearsmith gives perhaps the year’s bravest performance as a scholar caught in a never-ending nightmare along with three deserters and Michael Smiley’s distinctly sulfurous bad guy. Surreal, blackly funny, infused with madness and barmy as it is experimental, it doesn’t have the focused brilliance of Kill List but is another bold step in Wheatley’s journey to becoming Britain’s most exciting director.

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Kill List

kill-list-poster01Director: Ben Wheatley

Cast: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer, Struan Rodger, Mark Kempner

Cert: 18

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2011

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The lowdown: The best British thriller since Dead Man’s Shoes, Kill List is heart-stopping in its shocks and as difficult to pin down as a moving target. Part hitman thriller, domestic drama and horror film, it’s hugely ambitious and sticks Ben Wheatley right alongside such established genre masters as Danny Boyle and Neil Marshall. But be warned, although there are laughs to be had, they’re of the darkest variety and it’s the terror and incredible violence that haunts your thoughts long after the stark end credits. Breathtaking, but it’s worth having a shot of something strong before viewing.

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