Somewhere between Shrooms and Witchfinder General, with perhaps a soupcon of The Wicker Man, lies this extremely strange movie.
Shot in bleak, grainy black and white, in a muddy field on Farnham Common (just a few miles from my home), it all looks quite magnificent. Within the first few minutes of admiring the Sealed Knot costumes though, I realised I would have to abandon all hope of anything resembling a conventional narrative. It soon becomes a delirious interplay between the motley crew of thuggish, mysterious, comical, enigmatic, greedy, foolish and very human characters. People break into song. Others just want to go down the pub. There are occult elements and some earthy scatological humour but, above all, an ethereal, dreamlike quality and a wonderfully teasing sense of fun throughout.
Certainly one of the most original films I've seen in a very long time. I'm not sure I entirely 'got it' on this first viewing and it is sure to attract some criticism for being overly enigmatic at times, but I did find it utterly compelling and want to watch it again very soon.
A high probability of becoming a future cult classic!
(Review is of the Film 4 premier screening of A Field in England on 5th July, 2013).