Back after a hiatus, we delve further into Ben Wheatley’s oeuvre, with his 2013 historical horror A FIELD IN ENGLAND. Our reviews are mixed, but then we do get into some very interesting discussions about genre collisions, social structure, and whether or not Ben Wheatley will be a success as a blockbuster Hollywood director with his?interesting use of generic and visual ideas!
Our final Ben Wheatley film is his latest offering, FREE FIRE (2017), available here: https://www.amazon.co.
This Week’s Media
THE HORNE SECTION TV PROGRAMME (2018): Alex Horne, Joe Auckland, Ben Reynolds
PRIVATE SCHOOL (1983): Noel Black, Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell
NANNY MCPHEE (2005): Kirk Jones, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth
AMBASSADORS (2013): Jeremy Webb, David Mitchell, Robert Webb
GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017): Rupert Sanders, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt
NAKED LUNCH (1991): William S. Burroughs, David Cronenberg, Peter Weller
For more on the history of the English Civil War, this is a good place to start: https://books.google.
co.uk/books?id=M6rMqOtMNasC& printsec=frontcover&source= gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v= onepage&q&f=false. While we’re recommending books, this is a good introduction to one of the many genres with which Wheatley engages in this film: https://books.google.co. uk/books?id=1VGsrJEdnfEC& printsec=frontcover&dq=giallo+ horror&hl=en&sa=X&ved= 0ahUKEwj0rLSXk_ jbAhUJa8AKHWLED-kQ6AEILzAB#v= onepage&q=giallo%20horror&f= false. This is a good article on the presentation of psychedelia on film: http://realitysandwich. com/318989/psychedelia-in-the- movies. Sam mentions Rabelais and ‘the world turned upside down’; Bakhtin’s take on Rabelais is quite old, but still very good: https://books.google.co. uk/books?id=SkswFyhqRIMC&pg= PA370&lpg=PA370&dq=rabelais+ the+world+turned+upside+down& source=bl&ots=wgwpACfQeE&sig= kjdL0t4B9x3Cw86XlgKCwgmf-xM& hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz4J_Zk_ jbAhUiDsAKHWNACAYQ6AEIJzAA#v= onepage&q=rabelais%20the% 20world%20turned%20upside% 20down&f=false. Looking for more on the concept, though, I found information about a ballad called ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ that was a direct political response to Parliament’s restrictive policies about freedom of expression and celebration ? so this is probably what O’Neil is talking about: https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/The_World_Turned_ Upside_Down. Finally, to end on a cheery note, this is an introduction to a book on death, purgatory, and other upbeat topics: http://www. oxfordbibliographies.com/view/ document/obo-9780195399301/ obo-9780195399301-0083.xml.