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A Field in England (Ben Wheatley, UK,
FM2 British and American Film (Section A)
To have identified the relevance of A Field in
England as an example of modern distribution
and exhibition practices
Budget: £300, 000
Funding: Film Four (Film 4.0), Rook Films, BFI
(British Film Institute)
Released simultaneously through cinemas, DVD/Bluray, download, VOD and the Film Four channel
Shot entirely in black and white with a small cast in
just 12 days
Unconventional mixture of narrative / setting / themes
Your own response
Discuss the ending
What worked well? What did you not like?
Comment on genre
To have identified the purpose of Film 4.0
Starter – 5 Facts
Film4.0 is a talent and idea driven hub within Film4 that works with
established and emerging talent, supporting them to tell unique
stories and connect with audiences in new ways
In 2011 Film4 launched its groundbreaking new role in exploring
innovation in filmmaking with the appointment of Anna Higgs as
Commissioning Executive for Film4.0. Film4's reputation for
nurturing new talent and building on its family of returning talent in
the UK is well-established, and it is now extending its vision to
advance thinking and practice and develop more direct
relationships with audiences in a fast-changing environment.
As Commissioning Executive for Film4.0, Anna Higgs works
across talent development, production and audience engagement,
commissioning film projects that have the potential to explore the
spaces and relationships between traditional media, digital
Exhibition practices today
Art House Cinema
Read the two articles from
BBC and The Independent
Why is this release so different?
What does it challenge?
What are the advantages / disadvantages?
To have explored the significance of A Field in
England as a Film 4.0 project
Ben Wheatley on A Field in
Constructing cultural verisimilitude
Keeping the budget low
Micro aspects (cinematography, editing)
His position as a director
Using A Field in England, identify how Film
4.0 represents these values
Making A Field in England
A Field in England 'Digital Masterclass'
Address the following issues
Evidence to support the view that the film is
representative of Film 4.0’s remit
How the film differs from conventional production
practices, such as those seen in Hollywood
• Use Padlet to create a wall on the release of A
Field in England
• Use information from the ‘masterclass’ website
• Use a combination of text and image
• Avoid dumping large amounts of text.
Instead, focus on details and edit/rewrite text
• You may use information from the articles from
BBC News and The Independent to add detail /
• Keep it neat! You will be printing this off as a PDF