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Since the release of his superb nil-budget debut Down Terrace in 2009, it’s safe to say that Ben Wheatley has been marked as one of the most essential and distinctive directors in the country. The ensuing years have seen him release four remarkable movies: the macabre Hit Man meets Wicker Man of Kill List, dark comedy Sightseers, the acid-drenched oddity A Field In England and, last year’s excellent, if divisive, adaptation of JG Ballard’s High Rise.
His latest movie, Free Fire, arrives with similarly mixed reviews and a big-hitter cast including Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Sam Riley. An archetypal ‘deal goes wrong’ caper that seemingly serves to nod at both Tarantino and seventies B-movies, it sees Wheatley attempting to reach a wider audience without losing any of the individuality and energy that have defined his career thus far.
The film opens in theatres across the nation this month, but fans of Wheatley may just want to snap up tickets from Tyneside, as the Cinema is set to play host to the director himself in a special Q&A after the show.