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In the Earth Unclassified 18+

Director: Ben Wheatley
Origin: UK (2020)
Language: English

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Viewer advice: Contains stroboscopic imagery


In a forest in England, Ben Wheatley builds the folk horror of your most feverish pandemic nightmares.

After months of lockdown, agricultural scientist Dr Martin Lowery risks venturing outside to search for his mentor, Dr Olivia Wendle, who’s been incommunicado for weeks. Olivia has been studying the mycorrhizal network – the symbiotic, subterranean matrix connecting plants and fungi – at a research facility deep in the woods, and it’ll take him two days by foot to reach her. Park ranger Alma is tasked with guiding Martin, but what starts out as a routine trek soon turns into a head-trip journey into malevolent territory.

Conceived during last year’s lockdown, MIFF regular Ben Wheatley’s cinematic response to COVID is not quite a ‘COVID film’ – while it’s set in an eerily familiar virus-ravaged world, it also ratchets up the eco horror among a psychotropic ‘wood wide web’ deep in the soil. Like his earlier Kill List (MIFF 2011) and A Field in England (MIFF 2013), In the Earth has all the ingredients of a classic Wheatley joint. And, with Clint Mansell’s unnerving score and Nick Gillespie’s colour-drenched widescreen cinematography building some nerve-shredding tension, this atmospheric and at times gruesomely deranged hallucination of a film succeeds in mixing pandemic anxiety with techno-occult weirdness.

“An outrageously entertaining folk horror freak-out for the COVID age … Wheatley’s extraordinary new film refracts the isolation, confusion and strangeness of the past 11 months through his distinctive lens.” – The Telegraph

In Cinema

Wed 18 Aug 9:00 pm [12321]
In the Earth (107 mins)
Comedy Theatre
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 11:15 pm [50015]
In the Earth (107 mins)
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, Joel Fry, John Hollingworth, Mark Monero, Reece Shearsmith
Director
Ben Wheatley
Producer
Andy Starke
Screenwriter
Ben Wheatley
Cinematographer
Nick Gillespie
Composer
Clint Mansell
Editor
Ben Wheatley
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Protagonist Pictures

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