Watch an inspirational talk from Director Ben Wheatley in the latest of the Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Friday, July 26, 2013

Ben Wheatley Stella AroisNot only are Stella Artois supported the launch of independent film but they have managed to glean some insights from fiercely original British director, Ben Wheatley on filmmaking for their latest interview in the Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series - a collection of exclusive video portraits, each providing an intimate look into the world of renowned quality craftsmen.

Ben Wheatley's A Field in England may have polarized audiences who have either loved it or been confounded by it, but it is most certainly his least accessible and most complex feature film to date. My thoughts on A Field in England will be posted soon in the meantime - in their short Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series interview Wheatley uses A Field in England as a springboard to discuss his early inspirations, his handmade approach to film, Cinematography with DOP Laurie Rose, musical influences for A Field in England as well as all important insight into his vision for filmmaking.

The Stella Artois Connoisseur Series offers a unique look into the world of renowned quality craftsmen, from Oscar nominated directors such as Wim Wenders and Shane Meadows to stars of the sporting world including Jamie Morrison, and Henri Leconte, highlighting their individual craft, and capturing their passion and vision. Each film explores the role of rituals in their profession and how this has helped their success and allowed them to meet the highest standards within their respective fields.

In the video below Ben shares his thoughts on storytelling, the filmmaking processes he follows and the techniques that went into making A Field in England, mentioning that you should never stop until you are truly happy with what you have produced.

Video: Stella Artois Connoisseurs: Ben Wheatley

The premium beer for discerning gentleman supported the film premiere and Satellite Q&A event of A Field in England as part of the Stella Artois bursary scheme, which was launched in 2012 in conjunction with Picturehouse Cinemas to champion exceptional creative talent. For more information on The Connoisseur Series, visit here

Stella Artois, the UK’s leading premium beer brand, has launched The Connoisseur Series – a collection of exclusive video portraits, each providing an intimate look into the world of renowned quality craftsmen, including world renowned directors and stars of the sporting world. The first captivating portrait provides an insight into the imagination and creative mind of Oscar nominated film director Wim Wenders who recently directed the Stella Artois Cidre advert, The Simple Life. Also featured in the series are Director Shane Meadows, who is behind Made of Stone - one of the many films Stella Artois supports through its bursary scheme – and internationally renowned polo player Jamie Morrison who appeared at this year’s MINT Polo in the Park, supported by Stella Artois.

The series will highlight the featured connoisseur’s individual craft, capturing their passion and vision, revealing the hidden inspirations and motivations behind achieving excellence in areas such as film and sport. Each film explores the role of rituals in each personality’s profession and how this has assisted their success, allowing them to meet the highest standards in their field of expertise. Viewers can discover the Stella Artois Pouring Ritual through the Connoisseur Series which will be hosted on the newly launched Stella Artois UK YouTube channel ( and will be unveiled throughout the summer and autumn.


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