London Fields (film)

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London Fields
London Fields film poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMathew Cullen
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onLondon Fields
by Martin Amis
Music by
CinematographyGuillermo Navarro
Edited by
  • Hero Entertainment
  • PicturePro LLC
  • Gap Financing
  • Muse Productions
  • Media Talent Group
  • Mirada Studios
  • Demarest Films
  • Lipsync Productions
  • Head Gear Films
  • Blazepoint Limited
  • Curiously Bright Entertainment
  • Periscope Entertainment
  • Arrival Entertainment
  • Vedette Finance
  • Living The Dream Films
Distributed byGVN Releasing
Release date
  • 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20) (Russia)
  • 26 October 2018 (2018-10-26) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$431,641[2]

London Fields is a 2018 mystery thriller film directed by Mathew Cullen with a screenplay by Roberta Hanley and Martin Amis, based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Amis. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Samson Young, a terminally ill writer who has suffered from writer's block for 20 years. The cast also includes Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Cara Delevingne and Jaimie Alexander.

It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival,[3] but it was later pulled from the festival roster after director Mathew Cullen sued the film's producers, accusing them of fraud and using his name to promote a cut of the film he does not support.[4] After the producers reached a settlement with Heard in a separate lawsuit, London Fields was released theatrically in the United States on 26 October 2018.



David Cronenberg was attached in 2001 to do a film adaptation of the book, and Amis wrote a draft of the script. However, Cronenberg left the film for A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. Other directors attached include David Mackenzie and Michael Winterbottom.[6][7] The film entered production with Mathew Cullen in September 2013 in London, England.[8]


The soundtrack was written and produced by Toydrum, Benson Taylor, and Adam Barber,[9][10] and features music by Grinderman and London Grammar.[11][12]


On 16 September 2015, it was reported that Lionsgate had originally acquired distribution rights to the film,[13] but latter dropped the film. The official trailer for London Fields debuted on 5 June 2018.[14] The film was released theatrically in Russia on 20 September 2018,[15] followed by a release in the United States on 26 October 2018 by GVN Releasing.[16]

Legal issues[edit]

In September 2015, the film was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival, after Mathew Cullen filed a lawsuit against the film's producers, for fraud, failing to pay him, and taking away the final cut.[17][18][19] The producers responded to the lawsuit stating: "The timing and the content of the director's lawsuit shows that it is a publicity stunt. The filing of Mathew Cullen's complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA. Sadly, Mathew can't deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut of the movie. He was given two deadlines to deliver a 'director's cut' and missed both deadlines. His guild has rules for withdrawing his name from the picture and he missed those deadlines. The production company will vigorously oppose the lawsuit."[20][21] In November 2015 the producers counterclaimed for breach of contract, saying they had terminated the director's formal editing rights period and notified the Directors Guild of America when the film was $2 million over budget and late for delivery. They accuse Cullen of violating both his agreement with them and DGA rules by working on a music video for Katy Perry during his time editing London Fields, and further that Cullen withheld promotional support and committed tortious interference by discouraging the film's stars from performing promotional and post-production services.[22] In April 2016, a judge allowed the case to proceed.[23]

In November 2016, a second lawsuit was filed by the producers suing Amber Heard for $10 million.[24][25] The lawsuit claims Heard and Cullen made unauthorised changes to the film's script and failed to finish voice-over work.[26] Heard countersued claiming the producers violated a nudity clause in her contract.[27] In September 2018, the producers reached a settlement with Heard.[1]


Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $168,575 in the United States from 613 theaters with a per-screen average of $261, becoming the second worst US box office opening for a wide release film of all time, behind Proud American (2008).[28][29]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 0% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 2.6/10. The critics consensus reads, "London Fields bungles its beloved source material and an intriguingly eclectic cast, leaving audiences with a would-be neo-noir of interest only to the morbidly curious."[30] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 16 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[31]

Peter Sobczynski of gave the film 0.5/4 and described it as a "boring and garish mess that even fans of the book will find nearly impossible to follow."[32] Jeannette Catsoulis from The New York Times called it "horrendous" and "a trashy, tortured misfire from beginning to end".[33]

Writing for The Independent, Kaleem Aftab rated the film one out of five stars, writing, "Most scenes lack pace, are performed badly and are accompanied by a running commentary of action we can see for ourselves. It's car-crash film-making. Of the characters, it's only the uncredited Depp, the coolest guy in the room, with his dapper dress sense and long sideburns, who comes away with any credit."[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Maddus, Gene (5 September 2018). "'London Fields' Producers Reach Settlement With Amber Heard". Variety. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "London Fields (2018) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ Punter, Jennie (18 August 2015). "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ Kozicka, Patricia (17 September 2015). "'London Fields' pulled from TIFF after director sues producers". Global News. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  5. ^ Child, Ben (30 October 2013). "Johnny Depp to cameo in adaption of Martin Amis's London Fields". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  6. ^ Martin, Francesca (7 May 2008). "Amis ventures back to London Fields after 19 years for film adaptation". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  7. ^ Matheou, Demetrios (29 August 2009). "Michael Winterbottom: Some lessons for the nation's movie industry". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ Child, Ben (10 September 2013). "London Fields film shoot gets under way". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Benson Taylor to Score 'London Fields'". Film Music Reporter. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  10. ^ Hunter, Allan (15 September 2015). "'London Fields': Review". Screen International. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  11. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (12 September 2015). "'London Fields' Clip: Dark Thriller Stars Amber Heard, Directed By Matthew Cullen – Toronto Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ Barber, Adam. "London Fields".
  13. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (16 September 2015). "Lionsgate/Grindstone Lands 'London Fields' – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  14. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (5 June 2018). "Watch the NSFW Trailer for the Controversial Amber Heard–Johnny Depp Movie London Fields". Vulture. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  15. ^ "ЛОНДОНСКИЕ ПОЛЯ" [London Fiels]. Kino Expo (in Russian). Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  16. ^ Sharf, Zack (5 September 2018). "Amber Heard and 'London Fields' Team End Controversial Legal Battle, Movie to Open After Three-Year Delay". IndieWire. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  17. ^ Grater, Tom (16 September 2015). "'London Fields' director sues producers". Screen International. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  18. ^ Cieply, Michael (15 September 2015). "'London Fields' Premiere in Toronto Troubled by Creative Rift". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  19. ^ Johnson, Ted (16 September 2015). "'London Fields' Director Sues Producers for Fraud". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  20. ^ Grater, Tom (17 September 2015). "'London Fields' pulled from TIFF over lawsuit". Screen International. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  21. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (17 September 2015). "'London Fields' Pulled From Toronto Amid Director's Lawsuit". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  22. ^ Gardner, Eriq (19 November 2015). "'London Fields' Producers Allege Director Violated Contract". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  23. ^ Cullins, Ashley (22 April 2016). "Judge Allows 'London Fields' Countersuit to Proceed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  24. ^ Pederson, Erik (21 November 2016). "Amber Heard Sued For $10M As 'London Fields' Flap Heats Up Again". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  25. ^ Maddaus, Gene (21 November 2016). "'London Fields' Producers Sue Amber Heard for $10 Million". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  26. ^ Gardner, Eriq (21 November 2016). "Amber Heard Sued Over Alleged Conspiracy to Undermine 'London Fields'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  27. ^ "Amber Heard countersues producer of London Fields". Belfast Telegraph. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  28. ^ "London Fields (2018) – Daily Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  29. ^ McClintock, Pamela (28 October 2018). "Box Office: Star-Studded 'London Fields' Bombs With $160K, Near-Record Worst for a Wide Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  30. ^ "London Fields (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  31. ^ "London Fields Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  32. ^ Sobczynski, Peter. "London Fields Movie Review & Film Summary (2018) - Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Review: In 'London Fields,' Sex, Apocalypse and Writer's Block". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  34. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (17 September 2015). "London Fields, Toronto Film Festival, review: Dystopian drama is no field day to watch". The Independent. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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