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    The digital anachronisms of Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England

    McKim, Joel (2016) The digital anachronisms of Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England. Critical Quarterly 58 (1), pp. 46-51. ISSN 0011-1562.

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    This essay considers the unusual blend of historicity and digitality present in Ben Wheatley’s Civil War period film, A Field in England. Focusing on the sometimes overlooked post-production techniques involved in the creative process (including colour-grading, sound design and editing), the essay argues that the film’s affective intensity is generated, at least in part, by the use of ‘digital anachronisms’ to disrupt the historical integrity of the narrative. By making a comparison to the politically motivated anachronisms of Peter Watkins’ historical films, the essay concludes by suggesting that a significant, but disturbing continuity may exist between A Field in England and Wheatley’s films situated in the present.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ben Wheatley, Digital Media, Post-production, A Field in England, Film
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed), Architecture, Space and Society, Centre for, Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology
    Depositing User: Joel McKim
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 14:37
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:39


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