We’re 5 years old this week – hurrah!!! – and to celebrate our birthday, we thought we thought we’d go back to where it all began by speaking to Ben Wheatley, who appeared in the very first episode of Soundtracking and returns (appropriately enough) for a fifth time.
Ben joined us with his longtime producer Andy Starke to discuss their film In The Earth, which was made in lockdown with all the considerable difficulties that brought.
Set during a deadly global pandemic, In The Earth tells the story of a scientist and a park scout who embark on a mission to find a renegade botanist, conducting research into plant life deep in the woods. Much hallucinogenic mayhem ensues, referencing everything from Hammer horror to Hansel and Gretel and Dr Who, not to mention Ben’s previous work.
In The Earth is scored by our old friend Clint Mansell – who even rigged up his house plants to create sounds that feature in the music. Wonderful stuff …