ArtInfo by Graham Fuller, July 1, 2013 - Viewers unwilling to hike to their nearest cinema to see “A Field in England” when it opens in the UK on July 5 will be able to watch it the same day on broadcast television, via VOD, or buy it on DVD. The unique multi-platforming of Ben Wheatley’s movie, a cryptic drama set during the English Civil War, is likely to change the way movies are consumed — and not only in Britain.
Developed by Wheatley and his partner Amy Jump’s Rook Films with Film 4’s experimental Film4.0 production wing, “A Field in England” was shot in the open air in 12 days. It was financed by the distributor-exhibitor Picturehouse, the Film 4 Channel, and 4DVD with support from the British Film Institute’s New Models distribution fund.
According to The Independent, Wheatley struck a deal with Film 4 to screen the digitally shot monochrome movie on the free-view television service “after making it on a budget of just £300,000 — a fraction of the normal cost of a television period drama.” Read more
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