3.39 – A FIELD IN ENGLAND and Psychedelia

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!

Next Week
Our final Ben Wheatley film is his latest offering, FREE FIRE (2017), available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Fire-Sharlto-Copley/dp/B06XXNTJ4V.
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.