2014 Symposium Highlights

Masterclass with Director Ben Wheatley supported by Screen Training Ireland


Date:Friday 6th June 2014, 2-5pm
Fee: €25


Participant Profile

Directors, Writers, Producers



Masterclass Content


For Irish directors, writers and producers to gain valuable insight into the knowledge, expertise and attitude that Ben Wheatley has developed over his last four feature films, various viral ads, commercials, shorts as creator, director, writer, editor and producer.

Ben Wheatley has a distinctively gritty, darkly comic style; gain first hand insight into his genre-blending style honed from making internet virals and commercials; his role as director and his collaborative relationship with writers and editors; the skills set required to making four highly successful Award-winning feature films (with the involvement of Film 4, Studio Canal etc); making the first ever British film that had a multi-platform release in July 2013.

This is a discussion style masterclass, using key visuals and clips, examples of his earlier work/virals, storyboarding :

Genre - making genre-blending films, from his first (Down Terrace, filmed in 8 days), Kill List, Sight Seers, to his most recent A Field in England (make in Black and White, released July 2013)

Collaboration - with his co-writer, co-editor, producer and HODs.

Script to Screen - developing stories - genre, budget, etc; casting, rehearsal, shooting style, post-production process - preferred editing style.

Budgets and Finance - Get out and do it; get the experience; make films that can be made for small budgets, get experience - whether that's virals, commercials, shorts.

Relationship with Financiers

Relationship with Distributors



Speaker Biog

Ben Wheatley
Ben started his career making internet viral videos, short films and commercials, winning the Lion Award at the Cannes advertising festival in 2006, and directing television comedy and sketches across channels such as BBC 2, BBC 3 and Channel 4. His debut feature, Down Terrace was filmed in eight days and released in 2009 to critical acclaim, particularly in the US where industry bible Entertainment Weekly called it "an outstanding first feature...dark and hilarious". It won Wheatley the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Wheatley's second feature, the thriller horror Kill List was released to further acclaim in 2011 with New York Magazine praising it as "eerie and ferocious...as an evocation of evil, it's peerless". The film received multiple accolades including 6 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, the Empire Film Award for Best Horror and 2 London Film Critics Circle nominations. Wheatley's reputation for diverse and unorthodox films continued as he directed Sightseers in 2012, which won the Empire Film Award for Best British Film. The film screened at the Cannes Film Festival and cemented its director as one of the most promising talents in filmmaking, earning comparisons to Stanley Kubrick and Mike Leigh. His most recent film, A Field in England was released simultaneously in theatres, on DVD, free TV and video-on-demand in July 2013, becoming the first mainstream multi-platform UK film ever released. It also marked the third collaboration with his wife and co-writer, Amy Jump with whom he has also co-edited on all his films. It received some of the strongest reviews of the director's career with The Hollywood Reporter describing it as "a rich, strange, hauntingly intense work from a highly original writer-director team" and The Telegraph calling it "an extraordinary film". Wheatley is currently directing two episodes for the eight series of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi. Later this summer, he will commence shooting on his new film High Rise, which will star Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) in Northern Ireland and adapted from novelist JG Ballard's book.