Lovehorror.co.uk Sits Down With Producer and Editor of ‘Fallow Field’ Colin Arnold

The Fallow Field is a low budget chiller written and directed by Leigh Dovey. It yet again proves that we are in the midst of a resurgence in British horror and we were lucky enough to talk to the producer and editor of the movie, Colin Arnold, to find out more about taking the film from page to screen and more. Love Horror: How did you get involved in filmmaking? Colin Arnold: I studied a BSc in Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University and trained at Reuters News Agency in London as producer, sound & camera operator interviewing the likes of Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair and Bernie Ecclestone. Following Reuters I joined design agency Flaming Pear producing over a hundred promos and commercials. After directing and editing my first music feature documentary in 2007 GUILFEST: GRASS ROOTS. Leigh Dovey handed me the script of The Fallow Field at the British Film Institute, I immediately attached as producer and editor. Love Horror: How did you meet Leigh? And how did The Fallow Field come to be created? Colin Arnold: Leigh and I were introduced to each other through a mutual friend, writer and director Stephen Ellis at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2005. We immediately clicked and shared similar tastes in good films and red wine. Following the festival we went our separate ways for a few years– I went off to direct a feature length music documentary, Leigh continued writing and 3 years after that we had a meeting at the BFI Southbank bar. Leigh handed me the script for The Fallow Field. He was going to direct it and...

Starburst Magazine Reviews ‘The Fallow Field’

After struggling to find distribution (like so many indie horror films) for over three years, Monster Pictures have finally taken a punt on Leigh Dovey’s throwback to 1970s British rural horror, and good on them for doing so. With other recent releases like Scott Leberecht’s excellent Midnight Son, Monster Pictures are slowly building themselves as a force to be reckoned with as a distributor of quality indie horror. When amnesiac Matt (Garry) wakes up in the middle of the wilderness with no recollection of the past seven days, he retraces his steps to a remote farmed owned by the brutal Calham (Dacre), a sadist who likes to abduct his victims and subject them to torture in the shed of his farm. Matt finds himself a victim to Calham’s twisted games – but things are not quite what they seem and there is more to Matt’s predicament than anyone could have known except Calham. Meanwhile, the fallow field where Calham’s buries his bodies yields a strange and terrible secret. Billed as a cross between Wolf Creek and Memento, The Fallow Field also owes more than a little to British rural folk-horror films of the 1970s, such as The Wicker Man and Blood on Satan’s Claw. In this case the countryside that provides the setting The Fallow Field becomes more than just a backdrop to the story, but a character in itself. It’s this twist that makes The Fallow Field all the more memorable, taking it beyond the Switchblade Romance-type story it at first appears to be into something more mystical and M.R. James-like. This genre-bending could have been unconvincing but The Fallow Fieldbenefits from strong direction by Leigh Dovey and good performances by Dacre and...

Sci Fi Now Reviews ‘The Fallow Field’

It can seem like there are limited choices for first-time horror filmmakers. You can go with zombies, because everyone loves zombies. Found-footage might be a good way to mask your lack of budget. And then there’s the torture route, because it’s cheap and will appeal to the gore hounds. With its remote farmhouse setting and the poster’s comparison to Greg Mclean’s gruelling Wolf Creek, The Fallow Field looks like it’s going to take the third option. But this debut from writer/director Leigh Dovey uses a familiar setting to tell a beguilingly gruesome tale. Matt (Steve Garry) has woken up in the countryside with no memory of how he got there and it’s not the first time this has happened. Determined to find out why he is so drawn to a particular farmhouse, he finds himself in the clutches of killer farmer Calham (Michael Dacre) and discovers what the local soil yields. While the first 20 minutes appear to be sowing the seeds of home improvement tool misuse, Dovey plays his trump card towards the end of the first act and allows a restrained but decidedly unsettling two-hander to play out at its own pace. Rather than taking the Texas Chain Saw Massacre route, the film turns into a nasty morality play. The power of Calham’s land allows him to justify his murders as victimless crimes. Will Matt come around to his captor’s way of thinking? The Fallow Field occasionally stretches itself a little too far and a couple of scenes could have been trimmed, but it’s a well-written and atmospheric two-hander in which the familiar ‘staring-into-the-abyss’ conundrum is given a neat twist. The film’s been promoted...

Zombiehamster.com Reviews ‘The Fallow Field’

The Fallow Field is a new British horror from writer / director Leigh Dovey. Channeling classic British features from many genres, the reviews and reception have been incredibly strong so far. Colin McCracken spoke with director Leigh Dovey about the film, which is soon to be released from Monster Pictures UK.  Disorientated and lost, Matt Sadler’s (Steve Garry) life is falling apart. His relationship deteriorates within the first few minutes of the movie and it doesn’t take long to establish that this is only one of many challenging and difficult things which he is currently experiencing. Suffering from extensive blackouts and disappearing for significant amounts of time, of which he retains no subsequent memory, he decides to take a drive to clear his head. Walking through a local farm, set within the remote, yet picturesque locale, Matt chances upon a sullen, yet not entirely formidable character by the name of Calham (Michael Dacre). He stops at Calham’s farmhouse for tea, under the impression that he will receive some assistance with his car, which has broken down nearby. A sequence of violent and unpredictable events lead to Matt becoming a prisoner within a very peculiar and dangerous world. Calham’s motives and story are revealed along the way, which only serve to heighten the dread that is created within the idyllic English countryside setting. A staggeringly good independent feature which is reminiscent of the great ‘70s British chillers, The Fallow Field has a great deal to offer. Refreshing in terms of story and style, with great central performances and solid direction from Dovey. It is a wonderful, creative affair which makes...

Movie Scope Magazine Reviews ‘The Fallow Field’

Waking confused in the middle of a field, Matt Sadler (Steve Garry) hitches a ride to his home in Shrewsbury. Unable to remember anything about where he has been or what he has done during a seven-day absence, Matt is duly dumped by his wife (Anna Ruben) who, grown weary of his regular blackouts, suspects adultery. Indeed, Matt has been sleeping with someone else-although his lover (Sarah Pemberton), who also has not seen him for a week, wants to end the affair. “I think you’re not built for infidelity,” she tells him. “I think maybe the guilt’s catching up with you. Maybe you should see someone-a doctor.” The policeman (Angus Kennedy) who had questioned Matt had also recommended that this serial ‘missing person’ see a doctor. And later, after Matt has retraced his steps to that backwoods field in which he had regained his consciousness, he will be told something similar by the gruff farmer Calham (Michael Dacre, equally menacing and pitiable): “I’m no expert, but sounds like you should see a doctor.” Which is to say that writer/director Leigh Dovey’s feature debut establishes itself as amnesiac mystery with a strong focus on the sort of guilt and secrecy that might require medical attention. Meanwhile back on the farm, the dirty air of threat and constant hum of an electricity generator point to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the shocking (and shockingly early) death of a major character evokes Psycho, the barnyard depravities (tastefully, but also significantly, suggested rather than shown) come from ‘torture porn’, and the supernatural set-up is pure Pet Semetary(or Wake Wood, in fact made two years after Dovey’s film). Think...

Best-horror-movies.com Review ‘The Fallow Field’

The Fallow Field is the debut directorial indie feature from Leigh Dovey. The film begins by telling the tale of amnesiac Matt (Steve Garry), who wakes up in the middle of nowhere. When he finds his way back home it appears that he’s been missing for a week. But it’s not the first time this has happened to him. So far, so simple (and formulaic). The first twenty minutes of the film sets itself up as being a straightforward mystery. However, shortly after frightening farmer Calham (Michael Dacre) is introduced, the film suddenly takes an unexpected, jarring left turn and becomes something other than the run-of-the-mill psychological horror thriller it had previously set itself up to be. Instead it becomes a dark, supernatural horror. In addition, whilst it heads into this new direction, it still keeps intact the same tense atmosphere established at the beginning and does not change gears or morph into anything over-the-top, pretentious or exaggerated. Dovey chooses to hone in on the horrific situation that the character has found himself in, and it soon becomes clear that this is a ‘realistic’ type of horror film. At times, it makes us question what we ourselves would do and how we would cope if we found ourselves in Matt’s situation. Dovey explains that the film originally began as a very different story concerning an ‘estranged son returning home to see his dying father at a remote farm, and then coming under siege by the locals who were pagan druids’. Although this changes during the writing process, he still develops the themes of ‘cyclical nature, worshipping the earth, rural isolation...