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Ben Wheatley Says He's Building Lenses For 'A Field In England,' Will Be A Mix Of Black & White And Color

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2012 2:03 PM
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It's amazing to think that it's only been a couple of years since director Ben Wheatley first arrived on the scene with his sly, powerful British gangster comedy/drama "Down Terrace." And barely twelve months after that, he impressed even further with his horror-tinged follow-up "Kill List." The director seems to work at a thundering pace, and only slightly over a year after "Kill List" premiered at SXSW, he made his debut at Cannes with "Sightseers," another gruesome, dark tale, albeit with more belly laughs, about a caravanning couple (screenwriters Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) on a killing spree.

'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's Next Is Psychedelic Civil War Movie 'A Field In England,' Starts Shooting Next Month

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 8:02 AM
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If there's one thing that "Kill List," the outstanding domestic drama/dark comedy/gangster thriller/occult horror movie from earlier this year, taught us, it's that writer/director Ben Wheatley is beyond fearless. He boldly mixes genres and styles and comes up with something that is wholly unique and seemingly effortless. And this streak will continue, as it's just been announced that his next film will be a psychedelic U.K.-set Civil War movie called "A Field in England." It will begin shooting next month and will undoubtedly be really, really weird.

'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Freakshift' Is Next, Will Be His Biggest Budget Film To Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2012 12:48 PM
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To say that Ben Wheatley has been striking while the iron is hot would be an understatement. The director arrived in a huge way last year with the cult fave "Kill List" and didn't waste much time with a follow up, arriving at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight this spring with black comedy "Sightseers." And now, he's already getting ready to roll on his next effort, "Freakshift."

Ben Wheatley To Direct Big-Screen Version Of BBC Sitcom 'Ideal'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 2, 2012 10:45 AM
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The BBC’s television channel aimed squarely at 16-34 year olds, BBC Three, is sadly probably better known in the U.K. for its shoddy sitcoms than it is for quality broadcasts. Crude, unsophisticated, and just plain not funny, the channel’s early programming was typified by the awful and long-lived “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.” That’s not to say the channel’s entire comedy output since its 2003 launch has been awful – “Little Britain,” “Being Human” and “Gavin & Stacey” in particular have experienced a great deal of success . One of BBC Three’s strangest and most interesting shows though was a dark comedy called “Ideal” which ran for seven seasons between 2005 and 2011.

Cannes Review: Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' - Or, "Natural Born Campers" - Is A Black-Comedy Holiday Hoot

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 23, 2012 7:43 PM
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After "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," midnight-movie manqués and buffs in the know were wondering what director Ben Wheatley would do next; the answer is, apparently, make you laugh until you sound like a hole in the side of an airplane. "Sightseers," starring and written by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, starts as Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) embark on a camping tour of Britain, various caves and pencil museums and heritage sights -- a nice, relaxing trip for a couple in their third month of going out. Things go off the rails early, though at a streetcar museum where Chris is incensed by a litterbug … and, later, distractedly backs over the man and kills him.

Pablo Larrain's 'No' Picked Up For U.S. By Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Nabs Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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When movies aren’t being watched at the Cannes Film Festival, they’re being purchased, and we’ve got news of a couple that have been picked up for North American distribution.

Film4 Backs Ben Wheatley's Cops & Monsters Flick 'Freakshift,' Director Also Planning English Civil War Drama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 10:00 AM
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It's a good day to be Ben Wheatley. The director, who's become one of the most talked-about new directors around thanks to "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," is making his Cannes debut today with his dark, Edgar Wright-exec-produced comedy "Sightseers" -- a press screening is underway as we speak, and we'll have our verdict for you later this evening. And just as that film is released into the wild, Wheatley seems to have landed financing for his most ambitious project yet, and is planning yet another film to follow that.

Watch: Tense & Funny First Clip From 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 4:14 PM
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After pushing audiences to the brink last year with "Kill List," director Ben Wheatley has returned with something he promises is "lighter" -- though, of course, that could mean anything. And while we're still yet to see what will unfold in "Sightseers" -- the details of which have been kept closely guarded -- this first lengthy clip hints that it will be another dread-filled outing, though not without some laughs to leaven the mood.

Time Out Name 'The Exorcist' Greatest Horror Movie Ever: Read Top 10 Lists From Guillermo Del Toro, Drew Goddard, Ti West & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 10:38 AM
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Today sees the opening of "The Cabin In The Woods," one of the freshest, most enjoyable horror movies in years, one that we can only urge you to go see (read our review here). To mark its release, Time Out have polled critics, programmers and filmmakers as to their favorite horror movies, and collated their finds in a mammoth list.

'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Talks Sneaking In Script Rewrites, Influences & How Hard It Is To Make Naked People Scary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 1, 2012 12:06 PM
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When we saw "Kill List" back at South by Southwest last year, well, we almost pooped ourselves in fear. Not really. But it was close. The movie, a clever-as-fuck mash-up of suburban domestic drama, hitman thriller, and occult horror film, really left an impression on us (one Playlist team member was visibly shaken – we had trouble finding him afterwards) – and we saw it at 9 o'clock in the morning! This weekend, "Kill List" is finally unleashed on unsuspecting theaters nationwide and we can't wait for everyone to get a look at this new genre classic. In anticipation of its release, we got to talk to writer/director Ben Wheatley, who discussed the film's development, sneaking an unauthorized script rewrite in, trying to sell a movie that you didn't want to spoil, and why naked people aren't that scary. Tread lightly if you haven't seen the film, though, spoilers ahead.

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