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5th July 2013

Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England will be the first ever film to be released in UK nationwide cinemas, on free TV, on DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4DVD and Film4 Channel partnering for nationwide multi-platform distribution on Friday 5th July. The film is one of the first to receive funding from the BFI Distribution Fund New Models strand, which supports experimental and ambitious release models.

Continuing Stella Artois’ long running support of great film, the premium beer brand is hosting the release of A Field in England by facilitating the film premiere and Satellite Q&A event which will be screened at cinemas nationwide on the 5th July. The Stella Artois bursary scheme launched in 2012, in conjunction with Picturehouse Cinemas, and is designed to champion exceptional creative talent. Providing unique cinematic experiences to movie fans, the scheme is intended to help cement Stella Artois’ long-standing relationship with sophisticated film.

The unique release will give audiences and fans of Wheatley’s previous films (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers) the choice of how and where to experience his new film – a brilliant psychedelic trip into magic and madness – whether it’s amidst an audience in the cinema, followed by a satellite Q&A with Ben and the cast; delving into multiple extras on a special edition DVD; from the comfort of the sofa showcased with a director’s intro and interview on TV; or the freedom to watch when they want on VoD. The more intrepid audiences can also follow in the footsteps of the film’s characters, with screenings planned in a field (or few) in England across the summer.

A Field in England is the first feature to be developed and fully financed through Film4’s innovation hub Film4.0, and was conceived as a film which would be funded, shot, edited and distributed in an agile and ambitious way. A digital masterclass designed to immerse audiences in the making of the film will also launch around release, developed by Film4.0 in partnership with the filmmakers. Through behind-the-scenes interviews, on-set videos, and unseen rushes, Ben Wheatley, cast and key crew will take the audience on a unique journey through the creative choices that determined the final cut.

England during the Civil War. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A Field in England stars Michael Smiley (Kill List), Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers) and Ryan Pope (Ideal).

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For your chance to win tickets to the premiere or any of the Picturehouse nationwide screenings please visit www.facebook.com/stellaartoisuk

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For further information contact:
Paul McNicholl at Threepipe Communications
Tel: 0207 632 4800 Email: [email protected]

Notes to editors:
*CGA, 21/01 and Nielsen, 03/03
** The Stella Artois Pouring Ritual delivers a superior beer experience through the Chalice and skim.
The Pouring Ritual is built around the Chalice which keeps the drink cooler for longer through the stem design and the unique curves promote better head retention. It is completed with the skim which seals the head by removing larger, quick-bursting bubbles to maintain the taste.

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