I think Ben Wheatley, together with partner/writer/editor Amy Jump, is one of the most interesting directors working now. He makes genre films that are, thanks to Jump’s scripts, very sharp and perceptive, but also very weird, and not at all afraid to push audiences out of their comfort zones. A Field in England is emblematic of the films they make together. It’s a story about a few men during the English Civil War, some coerced to work for others, and how they all come together in a mad frenzy of power and influence.
I spoke to Wheatley a while ago about A Field in England, and for those who have seen the film, which is in US theaters and on VOD now, you might be happy to know that he explains a few plot points that might seem pretty obscure. But he also talks about why he doesn’t like explaining story elements, within his films or in interviews, and what he and Jump had in mind for audiences as they were putting this story together. Read More »
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The J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, about an apartment building in which occupants are cut off from exterior society and divide into their own class structures, has been a dream project for decades for producer Jeremy Thomas. He’s finally getting the film made later this year, with Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England, Doctor Who) in the director’s chair and Wheatley’s partner Amy Jump writing. I spoke briefly to Wheatley about the film a few months back when we talked about A Field in England; that interview will run later this week.
In the meantime we’ve got some great info: the star of the film will be Tom Hiddleston, and cameras are set to roll in June. Read More »
There’s another Elysium movie moving forward, and Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is going to make it. But this isn’t related to Neill Blomkamp’s recent film. No, this one is part of the story High Rise, by novelist J. G. Ballard. This Elysium is a futuristic apartment block in which all modern amenities are contained, but where class warfare violently destroys the living space.
The book has been in development for ages; Nicholas Roeg had it as a possible project at one point, and the book has eerie similarities with David Cronenberg’s first feature, Shivers, aka They Came From Within. Cronenberg’s film and this book were released in 1975. (Cronenberg went on to film Ballard’s novel Crash.) Most recently Vincenzo Natali was attached to direct, with Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) scripting.
But rights lapsed and producer Jeremy Thomas, who has been trying to make the film for decades, now has Ben Wheatley set to make the movie. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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