Friday December 13, 2019

Film: Two films in search of cult status

Reviewed: The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola. Nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 3/5. A Field in England, directed by Ben Wheatley. Light House Cinema, no cert. Rating: 4/5.

6th July, 2013
Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang and Claire Julien in The Bling Ring.

**Rating:** 3/5

Two new films from cult directors open this weekend; and by 'cult', I mean that the filmmakers themselves, not just their films, have become cinematic fetish idols. Sofia Coppola and Ben Wheatley operate at opposing ends of the spectrum. One is the scion of Hollywood royalty, the other a regular English bloke. One makes studiously offhand films about gilded youth, while the other creates troubling black comedies from the humdrum of suburban British life.

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