Preview: Trailer arrives for 'A Field in England'

After the phenomenal success of his last two films, British director Ben Wheatley is back in cinemas this summer with A Field in England (2013). Following the critical acclaim lavished on Kill List (2011) and last year's Sightseers (2012) (plus debut Down Terrace), Wheatley's next endeavour is an ambitiously psychedelic historical drama set during the English Civil War. The film is a first in the UK in that it will receive a multi-format release available simultaneously in movie theatres, on DVD, on television and video on-demand courtesy of Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment and 4DVD. As you've no excuse not to catch it upon release, you may as well whet your appetite with the newly emerged poster and trailer.

A group of deserters flee a battlefield in the English Civil War across a monochrome field. Unexpectedly, they are captured by an alchemist who forces them to aid in his treasure hunt and after they all ingest some suspect mushrooms, they "slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field." The teaser gives a very vague hint of the above outline but is far more concerned with highlighting the ominous and transcendental tone.

The visual and aural cues hinted are certainly reminiscent of the more hallucinatory aspects of the director's earlier work and are suggestive of the overwhelming atmosphere of Kill List in particular. Reuniting Michael Smiley (from the aforementioned trippy horror) with the director, A Field in England also offers roles to Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope and Richard Glover. If Wheatley can conjure up another cinematic triumph to go alongside his recent work, then this looks like being another mesmerising flick. Folks will have to wait until the summer to find out exactly what are those “terrifying energies” are but for now they can lose themselves in the absorbing trailer below.

Ben Wheatley's A Field in England is released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on free TV and on VoD on 5 July, 2013.

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