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 a great change from many of the more generic genre features out there. It was also a film which took a great deal of work to get off (and out of) the ground. The DVD is to be released on March 11th 2013 from Monster Pictures UK and, in anticipation of this, Zombiehamster.com sat down with Leigh to discuss his feature, the obstacles which present themselves to indie filmmakers, and attempt to find out just what makes British horror so unique.