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Digital Field

7 Mar

© Rook Films Ltd

The soundtrack to A Field In England is to be released digitally later this month.

The film, directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Michael Smiley, Richard Glover, Julian Barratt and Reece Shearsmith as part of its small ensemble cast – was released in cinemas, on television, on demand and via physical media last Summer.

Scored by Jim Williams, who was also responsible for the Sightseers score previously, the soundtrack has already seen release as limited edition vinyl and cassette editions, but until now the only track available digitally was the Glover-sung Baloo My Boy, which was released for a limited time only via The Velvet Onion at Christmas.

The fifteen track album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK for just £7.49, and at this moment in time, it seems they’re the only place “stocking” it for its March 24th release date, so get in whilst you can! We’re crossing everything that the equally non-digital Sightseers score follows suit.

If you don’t yet own the film, you can pick it up on dvd and blu-ray via our store now.

Seeing The Sights

28 Jan

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal / Film 4

Next month’s edition of Caravan Magazine will feature a belated Sightseers special feature.

Here at TVO, we love to report the weird and wonderful side of Onion Land, and this story is no exception.

Whilst we, and critics at large, fell in love with Sightseers upon release in 2012, we couldn’t help but wonder how real life caravanners would take to the black comedy from the minds of Alice LoweSteve Oram and Ben Wheatley.

We needed have worried – it appears the community fell in love with it, and perhaps inspired by our very own guide to the film’s locations (provided courtesy of Steve’s dad), the route undertaken by Chris and Tina is fast becoming a favourite for holiday travellers.

John Sootheran and Ben Hackney are two such fans of the film, who have taken the Marquis Majestic 504 on a tour of the Peak District locations used within the film.

Starting, as the film does, at Crich Tramway Museum, they’ve visited a number of local landmarks, such as Blue John Cavern, Mother Shipton’s Cave and Ribblehead Viaduct.  Albeit with a bit less killing involved.  Not even a chicken sacrifice for good measure.

The results can be seen in the video below, and there’s a full feature expected in the March 2014 issue of Caravan Magazine, out on 12th February. In the meantime, if you don’t yet own a copy of Sightseers for yourself, you can pick it up on dvd and blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon UK Store now.

A Field In Hackney

6 Jan

There’s another chance to see a very special alternate version of A Field In England on the big screen in London next week.

© Dean Rodgers

© Dean Rodgers

First performed back in NovemberA Field In England: Remixed sees Jim Williams haunting score and Ben Wheatley‘s stunning visuals remixed and performed by post-rock band Teeth Of The Sea.

The film was originally released in cinemas, and via dvd, blu-ray, video-on-demand services and television on the same day last July, and features an ensemble cast of deserters on a trip to find a public house that turns incredibly sinister with the arrival of a Machiavellian bewitcher.

© Dean Rodgers

© Dean Rodgers

Shot by Wheatley and his regular collaborators, Claire Jones and Laurie Rose, back in 2012, the film stars Michael Smiley and Reece Shearsmith, alongside Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Richard Glover and Julian Barratt.

Fast becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, it is available on dvd and blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store in its original form, and you can see this very special version once more at Hackney Picturehouse on Wednesday 15th January.

For more details, visit their website over yonder, and don’t forget you can download Baloo My Boy from the soundtrack (sung by Richard Glover) as part of our In Holoserica Cepa EP until January 9th.

You can also view the film’s original theatrical trailer below, and view extensive behind the scenes material, shot by Gareth Tunley no less, on the official A Field In England Masterclass website now.

Four Days Left For In Holoserica Cepa 2013!

4 Jan

In Holoserica Cepa 2013It can’t have escaped your attention that, with all this review of the year gubbins, TVO has been relatively silent on the news front. Given the relative silence of a new year, we decided to temporarily suspend normal service at TVO Towers until tomorrow, when we’ll return to our usual ways of bringing you all the news, reviews, interviews and fun stuffs that we can muster from the realm of Onion Land.

You can see our four part review of the year below if you’ve hopped straight to our home page, or individually by clicking on the words one, two, three and four in this sentence.

To round off this period of reflection, we felt it prudent to remind you on this one final evening of indulgence that there’s just four days left to download our 100% FREE Six-Track musical EP, featuring some of the finest musical names in Onion Land.

In Holoserica Cepa 2013 includes the official release of ZaNg‘s epic Yogiebogiebox – the alt-rock brainchild of Paul Kaye & Adie Hardy, which features actor Marc Warren on harmonica.  It also packs the first release of Waen Shepherd‘s festive ditty, Little Old Nick in character as Beach Boys esque alter-ego Colin Watson, and the debut of James Cook‘s sensational cover of XTC’s Making Plans For Nigel.

And, like all gifts that keep on giving, there’s a preview of Stephen Evans‘ forthcoming one-man comedy show via his track Walking, made in collaboration with Rob Halcrow – and a rare chance to hear a new track from Dead Dog In Black Bag which pays homage to one of the biggest influences, Prince.  Lastly, but by no means least, the EP is the only place you can pick up a digital copy of Baloo My Boy sung by Richard Glover on the soundtrack to A Field In England, which was previously only available on limited edition vinyl.

You can hear the full thing above, or alternatively DOWNLOAD IT OVER YONDER.  But hurry, because just like our first EP this time last year, come January 9th, they’ll be gone for good.

As always, TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a very happy new year to you all. We love ya.

For full details on the tracklisting, click to read more…  Continue reading

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Two

2 Jan

Yesterday we brought you a round-up of the first quarter of 2013, as we’d probably forgotten half of it ourselves, let alone you lovely lot out there.  The second quarter provided loads more great things to celebrate, so we’ve been ploughing through TVO’s archives to pluck out the best bits from over 700 news stories across 2013. This second instalment of our round-up covers April-June, and is jam packed with forgotten treasures and instant classics alike.  Enjoy.


April, or Ape-ril as it was renamed by the Sumatran Orangutan Society, began with a plea from TVO regulars Dave Brown and Tony Law to grow your beard as large as possible.  This was, of course, in aid of ape conservation: we are all 96.4% Orangutan after all…

The facial hair theme continued apace, with some of Onion Land’s most mighty beard-wearers being active this month.  First up, Paul Kaye hosted a short exhibition of his art, with TVO attended the star-studded press night to admire his work and have a quick chat to the man himself, though sadly his hectic schedule postponed our latest catch-up… we’re gonna get ya in the new year, mate! Kaye also became the latest big name to join the cast of hugely acclaimed fantasy show Game Of Thrones, as warrior Thoros of Myr.

He wasn’t the only one, either. Whilst the world got increasingly excited about his (then) forthcoming film A Field In EnglandBen Wheatley did the last thing critics expected, and made a string of commercials for Go Compare, further proving he works on his own terms ahead of one of the oddest films of 2013…

Another beardy Onion layer up to good things this month was Matt Berry, who was quietly preparing to unleash his new album, Kill The Wolf. May and June would see an awful lot of Berry activity, but April was no push-over, either.  First off, his radio series I, Regress… returned to the airwaves, and he went on to release the first snippet of his new album with a track called The Devil Inside Me

He wasn’t the only one returning, either. Rhys Thomas brought back his incredibly popular Radio 4 show Down The Line for a fifth run – the sixth if you include short-lived tv spin-off Bellamy’s People. Once again it featured Thomas’ fellow Fast Show veterans Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day and the late, great Felix Dexter. Also along for the ride were Look Around You star Robert Popper, Big Train(and It’s Kevin) actress Amelia Bullmore, Citizen Khanwriter Adil Ray, and another TVO regular (and Rhys’ wife), Lucy Montgomery.

Also back this month were Boosh veterans and indie-folk legends The Ralfe Band, who released the single Come On Go Wild from their new album, Son Be Wise, and toured as support to Manchester’s finest ever band, I Am Kloot.  A video for the single followed on 1st May, which can be seen below.

This month also saw us bid farewell to Life’s Too Short, which returned for a one-off special at Easter. Sadly lacking in Matt Holness magic (Matt was a regular in the show’s first and only series), it nevertheless found the time to bring back Colin Hoult as Warwick Davis‘ useless psychic, Brian. Also along for the ride were telly veterans, Les Dennis, Keith Chegwin and Shaun Williamson, as well as former Batman star Val Kilmer. A fine send-off, then, for a show that ended way too soon.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: In Holoserica Cepa 2013!

25 Dec

In Holoserica Cepa 2013It’s that time of the year again. The big fat bloke has been, and given you all lots of lovely jubbly presents, with hopefully a few TVO related goodies amongst them!

As our friends, naturally, we had to provide you with a gift or some variety, and given the runaway success of last year’s festive EP, we’ve managed to bring together another collection of great tracks from our musical members absolutely free for a limited time only.

In Holoserica Cepa 2013 features six tracks to download completely free between now and January 8th, including some rather special exclusives, which you can also hear below.

Just visit our Soundcloud page to get the EP, featuring the likes of James Cook, DeadDogInBlackBagStephen EvansRichard Glover Paul Kaye and Waen Shepherd.  But hurry, because just like last year’s effort, come January 9th, they’ll be gone for good.

As always, TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.


© Paul Kaye

© Paul Kaye

Yogiebogiebox – ZaNg

Comedy legend Paul Kaye has provided us with the world exclusive download of Yogiebogiebox, the first effort from ZaNg: his musical project with Adie Hardy, featuring actor Marc Warren on harmonica.  It’s a hard-hitting slice of alt-rock madness, and we’ve been grooving to the demo all year, so it’s great to finally be able to share a finished version with you all.

© James Cook

© James Cook

Making Plans For Nigel – JAMES COOK

You may know him from his time fronting electropop wonders Nemo, or from his numerous appearances in The Mighty Boosh, but in recent years, James Cook has branched out into an increasingly healthy solo career.  Ahead of his second studio album proper, he’ll be releasing a selection of covers across two EP releases early next year, and this gorgeous reworking of an XTC classic is amongst them.

© Stephen Evans

© Stephen Evans


Former Hyperdrive star Stephen Evans is no stranger to the live circuit, having performed as part of Dutch Elm Conservatoire (alongside Rufus Jones & Dan Skinner), and more recently alongside regular collaborator Colin Hoult.  As he prepares a solo live show of his own, he’s very kindly offered us this rough mix of a track he’s written for inclusion in the show.  Recorded with the aid of musician Rob Halcrow, the singalong chorus features “quite a few anonymous comedy performers singing their hearts out” towards the end.

© Dead Dog In Black Bag

© Dead Dog In Black Bag

Prince Lives In My Garden – DEAD DOG IN BLACK BAG

We love Dead Dog. And Dead Dog really love Prince.  Things have been awfully quiet on the Black Bag front of late, as the electropop filthsters take a well earned break whilst Suzy Evelyn-Hall celebrates motherhood for the first time, but her partner in crime Holly Jane Shears (of Circulus fame) has very kindly sent us this recording of a live fan favourite.

© Rook Films

© Rook Films

Baloo My Boy [Excerpt from ‘A Field In England’] – RICHARD GLOVER

Anyone who has seen Ben Wheatley‘s glorious A Field In England will have fallen in love with Richard Glover‘s kind-hearted simpleton peasant, known only as Friend.  This track from the soundtrack in which Friend sings a jaunty ditty receives its digital première here, having previously only been available on a limited edition vinyl release earlier this year, thanks to the good folk at Rook Films.

© Waen Shepherd

© Waen Shepherd


Another comedy veteran offering us a world exclusive is Waen Shepherd, who has sent us a track by his Beach Boys inspired alter-ego Colin Watson, entitled Little Old Nick.  This festive ditty offers a rather twisted view on the traditional festive number, and we’re sure will become a staple of alternative Xmas playlists for years to come.


13 Dec

Sightseers – the incredible comedy horror written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, and directed by Ben Wheatley – will receive its television première on Boxing Day.

© Rook Films / Big Talk Pictures

The film, which also stars Richard Glover, Rachel Austin (Black Roses) and Jonathan Aris (Sherlock), was released in cinemas last Autumn and on home media formats in the Spring.  It features Oram and Lowe as nerdy caravanner Chris and Tina, who begin a romantic odyssey which takes an increasingly violent turn.

With cameo appearances by Tony WayTom Meeten and Antony Elvin, the film is a fully fledged TVO treasure, and rightly wowed critics and audiences alike on release.  Those who are still uncertain of its delights will now have no excuse not to check it out!

Film 4 have announced that Sightseers will be its 9pm film on Boxing Day – that’s December 26th for anyone genuinely struggling to remember.  As such, anyone with digital freeview, or subscription cable and satellite packages, will be able to tune in.

Earlier today,  Alice Lowe suggested on her Twitter page that fans of the film could perhaps take part in a tweetalong, and the idea appears to have gathered momentum, with members of the cast and crew, and Film4 themselves hitting the RT button.

© MPI Home Video

We’re all for it, so if you fancy joining the fun, why not get some pot-pourri (we don’t think you could live without pot-pourri), a packed lunch and/or a plate of cheap pasta, and get a break from all that snow and schmaltz for the most twisted romance in recent cinema history.

If you don’t yet own the film for yourself, or want to get the perfect last minute Xmas pressie, you can buy it on dvd or blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

In related news, US fans can rejoice in the fact that it is also available on their side of the pond on dvd as of this week!  The disc is priced at just $22.98, though if digital HD is more your thang, Amazon also have the film available for $19.99 to buy, and $4.99 to rent.  Get in!

A Sneaky Peek At WarpFilms10

4 Nov

© Warp Films / Golden

A few months ago, we told you about the forthcoming WarpFilms10 boxset from seminal film production company Warp.  Made to celebrate the company’s tenth birthday, this deluxe presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

The limited edition Book and DVD Set features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions from the Warp legacy.

To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

In chronological order, the set features: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will be signing and hand-numbering the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.

It’s money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.  But just in case you needed any further persuasion, the good folk at Warp have very kindly sent us this exclusive preview of one of the book’s spreads on Bunny And The Bull – featuring previously unseen production stills featuring Edward HoggSimon FarnabyJulian Barratt and director Paul King.  Just click on the preview below to see a bigger version… enjoy.

© Warp Films / Golden

© Warp Films / Golden

A Field In England – Live!

31 Oct

There’s another chance to see the sublime A Field In England live on the big screen next month, but with an unusual, musical twist.

© Rook Films

Released earlier this year, A Field In England is a psychedelic masterpiece and a favourite here at TVO. For those who don’t know, it’s directed by Ben Wheatley, and features Richard Glover, Michael Smiley and Julian Barratt, in it’s small ensemble cast.

The score, by Jim Williams, is no less impressive and now you can hear it performed live at the Cork Film Festival by electronic band Teeth Of The Sea.

Billed as one of the most original post-rock bands of recent years, a cursory glance at their output on Youtube will show the promoters aren’t kidding with this one!

A Field In England – Remixed will be an audio-visual spectacular performed on 16th November and tickets can be booked on the festival website, here.


24 Jul

Seminal film production company Warp are celebrating their tenth birthday this year, and film buffs and collectors can savour a very special presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade, including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

© Warp Films / Golden

WarpFilms10 is a deluxe limited edition Book and DVD Set, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions.  To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

The ten films included, in chronological order, are: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will sign and hand-number the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.  Money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.

A Field In England: It’s Today!

5 Jul

It’s here.  At last, today is the launch of A Field In England – the fourth film by Ben Wheatley and his team.

© Rook Films / Film 4

The film stars an ensemble cast in a tale of desertion, witchcraft and magic mushrooms.  Amongst that cast are TVO regulars Julian Barratt and Richard Glover, and we’re itching to see your reaction to the finished film.

It’s a bold step for Wheatley, who has seen his stock rise dramatically following the critically acclaimed releases of Down Terrace and Kill List, and the runaway success of Sightseers  

The results are gloriously challenging.  This is not your average movie, nor is it what you would expect the hottest property in Britain to do next.  Watching AFIE again earlier this week, TVO wasn’t sure wether to be dismissive of the way the rules of film-making are thrown out the window, or fall in love with Ben all the more for doing exactly that.

There’s no doubt about it, this film will challenge the mainstream audience it is seemingly building, with its multi-platform release today.  It is highly likely there may even be a bit of a Twitter backlash from confused punters tuning in to see it on telly, and wondering what on earth is happening.

But, for want of a better term, “f*** em”.  This is an incredibly powerful piece of work which is stunningly shot, utilising all manner of home-made lenses, kaleidoscopic visuals and possibly the creepiest slow-motion shot in history.  There are laughs aplenty, which is surprising given the surrealist tableaux on offer, and whilst the odd fusion of contemporary-sounding dialogue and a dose of ‘hey nonny nonny’ speech jars at first, everything soon falls into place.  It’s also well acted by all six stars, with Reece Shearsmith giving a tour-de-force central performance, and kudos must also go to Michael Smiley’s ability to play a man with the blackest heart in cinema’s recent history.  And if you don’t fall in love with Richard Glover after this, shame on you.

AFIE is definitely not for everyone.  Those who stick with it, will probably want to watch it again just to really let it sink in.  And those who return, may just find something everyone else missed.

A Field In England airs on Film4 tonight at 10:45pm, and is in cinemas across the UK from today.   It is also available via VoD services, as well as dvd and blu-ray, which can be ordered alongside a selection of Ben’s previous work including Sightseers, from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now.


© Rook Films / Channel 4 DVD

© Rook Films / Channel 4 DVD

Fielding England

28 Jun

© Rook Films / Channel 4 DVD

We’re officially a week away from the release of A Field In England – and the promotional junket is in full swing.

The film stars an ensemble cast in a tale of desertion, witchcraft and magic mushrooms.  Amongst that cast are TVO regulars Julian Barratt and Richard Glover, and we’re itching to see your reaction to the finished film.

Writer/director Ben Wheatley has been doing the rounds, talking to The Guardian last weekend, alongside Edith Bowman on 6Music with star Michael Smiley.  This week’s stop-off for Ben is with independent film website Director’s Notes.

We’re sure there will be many more interviews and reviews in the coming days than we can possibly keep track of, so do keep an eye on our Twitter page, where we’ll try and RT any we find!

In the meantime, console yourselves with our preview of the film from last week, alongside its gallery of images – and savour the delights of this deliciously wacked out alternate trailer.

Fans of Wheatley’s earlier work can catch Down Terrace – featuring Tony Way – and Kill List – featuring Gareth Tunley – on Film4 on Wednesday and Thursday night respectively, ahead of A Field In England‘s multi-platform premiere.

The film is, of course, released in cinemas on Friday, 5th July, and will be broadcast on Film4 that evening at 10:45pm.   It will also be available on VoD services, and dvd and blu-ray the same day.

Die-hard fans can pre-order the dvd and blu-ray, and a selection of Ben’s previous work including Sightseers, from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now.


© Rook Films / Channel 4 DVD

© Rook Films / Channel 4 DVD

A Field Trailer

21 May

The official trailer for A Field In England is now live, and can be seen below.

If you need any further explanation, know that this is the fourth film from Ben Wheatley, the director of SightseersKill List and Down Terrace.  And if that’s not reason enough to be itching to see the results, then how’s about that cast list?

Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover and Ryan Pope, in a field spiraling into what appears to be mushroom induced madness.  How can it possibly go wrong?

A new poster for the film has also just been released, which includes a quote from Nicolas Roeg. It was designed by Luke Insect and Kenn Goodall at Twins of Evil (who also created designwork for Sightseers), and  limited screenprints will be available soon – we’ll let you know when! To see the new poster click here.

A Field In England is released in UK cinemas, on dvd, blu-ray and video on demand, and airs on Film4’s television channel all on the same day – July 5th.  For more details, visit this earlier peeling.

Damp Download

11 May
@ Rook Films / Film 4

@ Rook Films / Film 4

Following on from the news that A Field in England will be released on 5th July, in all formats, you can now get a free download of The Damp Of Hell from the soundtrack album. Just type in your email address on the site and the link will be sent to you.

There is good news for American fans, Drafthouse Films has acquired the film for distribution and are planning a release later this year. Read more about it here.

Sightseers: The Success Story

11 May
© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal / Film 4

© Rook Films / Big Talk / Studio Canal / Film 4

Five years in the making, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram’s grisly black comedy Sightseers has wowed the critics, won awards aplenty and is set to launch them and director Ben Wheatley towards international acclaim.

Now released in US cinemas, the love for the film is continuing across the pond, too!

TVO spoke to most of the cast and some key crew members late last year upon the film’s UK release, and to celebrate it’s American unveiling, we’ve collected up some of the juiciest quotes from those talks below…

Several years ago, a couple of seasoned comedians pitched up in the swanky offices of just about every television production company and broadcaster in the land, armed with a short film they’d made with an old friend. It told the tale of two nerdy caravanners, enjoying the English countryside, whilst simultaneously murdering innocent hitchhikers. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t what the executives were looking for.

Cut to 2013, and the motion picture that pilot spun off into has since faced standing ovations at Cannes, graced the cover of Sight And Sound, and trumped Skyfall and Les Miserables to the title of Best British Film at the Empire Film Awards. Now, American film critics and savvy audiences are frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the film’s forthcoming release across the pond.

For stars Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, who play the venomous Chris and put-upon Tina, it has been one hell of a ride.

“This is all really, really mad,” Alice tells TVO. “I guess we’re just trying to enjoy every bit of it. Though, you do sort of wonder how many more good dresses you can find to attend all these screenings and awards ceremonies.”

“Maybe we should turn up at the next one looking like Chris & Tina and go: ‘Hi everyone. I’m not actually a film star. I don’t have the wardrobe for this.’”

Such an idea appeals to Steve Oram, who deadpans the suggestion that the pair would potentially look quite glamorous in their character’s thick cagoules. “We’d look so beautiful…”, he notes, “…like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.” Continue reading

Watch Wheatley Wherever!

9 May
@ Claire Jones

@ Claire Jones

The long awaited A Field In England – the fourth film from Sightseers director Ben Wheatley – has been given a release date, and in a rather bold move, it’s not just in cinemas…

The picture is set to be unleashed on Friday 5th July across various platforms, making history by being the first UK film to be simultaneously released in cinemas, on dvd and blu-ray, on VoD services and be shown on television.

The innovative move is down to the BFI’s New Models Distribution Fund strand, which supports experimental and ambitious release models.  Audiences can choose exactly how they wish to experience the film, and no-one has to wait!

The standard cinema release will in some instances be followed by a satellite Q&A with Ben Wheatley and members of the cast, which includes Michael Smiley (Kill List), Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen) and TVO’s very own Richard Glover and Julian Barratt.  The TV premiere on Film4 will feature a director’s intro and interview, whilst VoD fans can watch it whenever they want.

There will also be a special edition dvd and blu-ray release for those who want more from their viewing experience, released on the same day.  If internet pre-orders are anything to go by, this may be your first chance to see the film if the likes of Amazon deliver it early.  There’s currently no sign of any pre-order links, but we’ll keep you posted on those so stay peeled!

Plans are also afoot for special screenings in various fields in England across the summer, too.  We can’t wait!  In the meantime, check out the first image of Shearsmith (and in the background, our very own Richard Glover), from the film below…

@ Rook Films / Film 4

@ Rook Films / Film 4


3 Apr
© IFC Films via Entertainment Weekly

© IFC Films via Entertainment Weekly

That glorious, Best British Film Award winning smash hit Sightseers is making its way to America next month.

Top dog US website Entertainment Weekly revealed the epic new theatrical poster exclusively today, and revealed the film will be in cinemas from May 10th, and – in an interesting move – will also be available via on demand services three days later.

There’s currently no news on a dvd or blu-release Stateside, so if you want to see this glorious film from the minds of Alice LoweSteve Oram and Ben Wheatley, and finally see what we Brits have been raving about for months on end, get down to your local theatres on May 10th.

If you’re still not sure, we interviewed most of the cast and select crew members as part of our Sightseers Takeover back in November, so mooch around the links at the top of the page for our archives, and take a look at the trailer below.

Sightseers On Disc

24 Mar

With Sightseers winning Best British Film at the Empire Awards, and being released on dvd and blu-ray this week, TVO thought it would be as good a time as any to reflect on the film once more.

© Studio Canal

Back in August 2012, TVO teased you all with a spoiler-free preview.  Then in November, as the film’s release drew nearer, we had planned a more in-depth review, but such plans got lost in amongst our blitz of competitions, interviews, location guides and profile pieces.

At that point, we simply didn’t have the time to do it justice, and frankly, we wanted to let the dust settle and help the film’s jolts remain spoiler-free for as long as possible.  Now it feels like an opportune moment to sit down and revisit the film, and tease at the extras available on the dvd and blu-ray releases available now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.




So with a BIG SPOILER WARNING before we continue, we have to admit, it’s time for a confession…  Continue reading

Sightseers: BEST BRITISH FILM Available On DVD & Blu-Ray!

24 Mar
© Empire

© Empire

Sightseers took home the Jameson Empire Award 2013 for Best British Film – and it’s yours to own on dvd and blu-ray on Monday.

The film fought off stiff competition from Dredd, The Woman In Black, Les Miserables and Skyfall.  Yep – the biggest British film of all time at cinemas worldwide was pipped to the post by TVO’s finest, knocking off ramblers, tourists and brides-to-be in a caravan.

Stars Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Richard Glover were joined by director Ben Wheatley and producer Claire Jones at the prestigious event, with Empire snapping Ben post win, as seen here, and Jones delightedly discovering copies of the film were included in the official goodie-bag all the stars were given.

The quartet took to the stage with executive producer Nira Park to receive their award, and Ben announced: “I’m having a meltdown. Someone else do it.”  This forced Steve into action, commenting: “Thanks to the people who work in my local Sainsburys. And Empire, who came to the set a year ago.”  Alice then added a reference to Ideal star Johnny Vegas, who had riotously accepted an award on behalf of Ted earlier in the evening, saying: “I wish Johnny Vegas were here to accept our award; he’d have done it brilliantly.”

© Nick Gillespie

© Nick Gillespie

TVO would like to congratulate the whole team for their just deserved win, and this seems like as good an opportunity as ever to point back to our interview archive with the team from November and December.  If you missed them back then, you can read our interviews with Ben Wheatley,  Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Richard Glover, Claire Jones, Laurie Rose, Rachel Austin, Tom Meeten & Tony Way by clicking on their respective names in this sentence, and there’s still chance for you to download your exclusive door hangers and Banjo posters over yonder too.

If all this hasn’t been enough to convince you to check the film out, then the imminent release of the film on dvd and blu-ray this week should be the final bit of persuasion necessary.

© Studio Canal

With two audio commentaries, behind the scenes materials and a blooper reel, the film can now play on a loop in your own homes, and if you don’t want to trek out to find one of the few remaining shops that sell movies, you can get both versions from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now!




Film buffs and collectors should be aware that Sainsburys are stocking a limited edition two-disc version of the dvd (sadly not the blu-ray) featuring additional extras:  interviews with the cast and crew, a B-roll, premiere footage, and TV spots.

For a more detailed breakdown of the extra material on the standard release, and a more in-depth review of the film than we previously offered, stay peeled.

Last week we offered five peelers a chance to win a copy of either format thanks to the good folk at StudioCanal.
We had hundreds of entries, but our five randomly assigned winners were Nicola Ryall, Peter Cleasby, John Taggart, Cherie Nute and Janet Haste.
Thanks to everyone who entered! Sorry we couldn’t have more winners, but there’s always the links above.

COMPETITION: Win Sightseers On DVD & Blu-Ray!

11 Mar

March 25th sees the long awaited release of Sightseers on dvd and blu-ray, and to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the good folk at STUDIOCANAL to offer you – yes, that’s right, YOU – the chance to win a copy on dvd or blu-ray.

© Studio Canal

© Studio Canal

For those not in the know, Sightseers is a delicious horror comedy directed by Ben Wheatley, executive produced by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (who also co-wrote the film) and Richard Glover.  

It tells the story of two caravanners out of touch with society in the most deadly of ways.  Chris (Oram) wants to show Tina (Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan.  Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life.  But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade.  Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge…

Both the dvd and blu-ray feature behind the scenes footage, out-takes, the theatrical trailer and two audio commentaries: one by Ben Wheatley & cinematographer Laurie Rose; the other by Wheatley and stars Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Richard Glover.

We have FIVE copies of either the DVD edition or the BLU-RAY edition to give away, and there’s only one way to do it fairly and squarely – pot luck!  All you have to do is tell us the answer to this question:

What was the name of the 2009 BBC3 Pilot written by Alice Lowe, and co-starring Steve Oram & Richard Glover?

Simply answer this slice of TVO Trivia, and email us the correct answer to, specifying which disc you’d like.  It’s one or the other, peelers, so do be specific or we can’t include your entry!

The closing date for entries is at 11:59pm on Tuesday 19th March 2013.

Five lucky winners will be selected and we’ll announce the winners next week.

For full T&C, see below.  Due to the nature of this competition, and the fact that the film’s international release is still pending in some countries, we regret to tell our lovely readers oversees that this particular competition will be for UK entrants only.  We’ll aim to bring you more international content soon, so stay peeled!

If you can’t enter, or don’t win, it’s not too late to add the film to your collection.  Both formats can be pre-ordered now from The Velvet Onion Amazon UK Store, with the dvd a measly £13.49 and the blu-ray only £16.09.  We’ll even be able to ship orders internationally, so as Chris would say… “Get in!”

Terms & Conditions
This competition offers 1 x dvd or blu-ray copies of Sightseers to five UK residents.  The winners will be picked randomly from emails containing the correct answer to the question above, as well as a specification for preferred disc format, and will be contacted via the email address they use to enter.  Contact details will not be shared with any additional third parties beyond Studio Canal and their promotional team.  Only entries made to the correct email address will be accepted.  The Velvet Onion will not accept entries as replies to our Facebook/Twitter pages, comments to this or any other posts in error or emails to any email address in our domain except the one stated above, nor any entries received after this time-frame.  This competition is being run entirely by The Velvet Onion, with prizes organised by Studio Canal.  One entry per person.  Any entrants found making multiple entries from the same IP address will be disqualified, and banned from entering further competitions run by The Velvet Onion.  All entries must be received via email by 11.59pm GMT on 19th March 2013.  The judge’s decision is final.  There is no monetary value to this competition and no cash alternative will be offered. The Velvet Onion and Studio Canal reserve the right to withdraw this competition if any overriding issues arise.

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