Ben Wheatley is the award-winning British director of Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England and High-Rise. He has also directed notable TV shows, adverts and idents, animated shorts and Internet viral ads. Initially a short filmmaker and animator, Wheatley gained a cult following for his work online. He directed live-action sections of the TV series ‘Modern Toss’, which was aired on Channel 4. Between 2006-09 he directed episodes of ‘Time Trumpet’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘The Wrong Door’ and ‘Ideal’ for the BBC.
In 2009 Wheatley directed his feature debut Down Terrace in eight days in his hometown of Brighton, which went on to win prizes at Fantastic Fest and Raindance. 2011 saw the release of thriller Kill List. The first of five films written and co- edited by Amy Jump, it won prizes at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, the Empire Awards, and the British Independent Film Awards. Wheatley’s third film was the black comedy Sightseers. With characters created by its stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram and writing by Jump, it premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Comedy. Next came the psychedelic historical thriller A Field in England. Shot in 12 days in B&W, it was the first film in the UK to be released simultaneously in cinemas, VOD, DVD and Freeview, a revolutionary distribution strategy. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Wheatley also received the Film4 Frightfest Variety Award in 2013. In 2014, Wheatley premiered the first two episodes of the eighth series of ‘Doctor Who’, a show he has been a fan of since childhood. High-Rise opened in March 2016 after screening at a number of key festivals around the world and a sold out Q&A tour of 23 cinemas in the UK. Wheatley’s forthcoming projects include a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic Wages of Fear.