THERE ARE NO SIDES HERE, FRIEND.
by Karin L. Kross
“What do you see, friend?”
In many reactions to Ben Wheatley’s seventeenth-century trip movie A Field In England—including my own, the first time I watched it—there’s a common theme of what the hell did I just see? What are you supposed to make of the rowan-wood stake and rope required to drag a man out of a fairy ring—an enchanted ring of mushrooms—especially since you might not even know that was what was going on until you read an interview with Wheatley? What happens during and after the intense, hallucinatory mushroom-trip sequence? Why are dead characters apparently coming back to life? This is the director they tapped to direct the first two episodes of the next season of Doctor Who? What’s going on?
I wrote this for BW/DR’s “History” month, and now it’s up. Yay!
I am such the frustrated academic, and I’m afraid it shows. Ah well.