Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection: San Sebastian Film Festival
Ben Wheatley (A Field In England, Kill List…) turns his unique talents on JG Ballard’s classic novel High-Rise.
Alongside the author’s Crash and The Atrocity Exhibition (both of which have formed the basis for feature films), High-Rise helped define the new wave of British science fiction in the seventies. Dystopian and firmly rooted in contemporary culture, these books redefined the literary genre. Under Wheatley’s direction, with a perfect script from regular collaborator Amy Jump, the novel, once deemed ‘unfilmable’ becomes fully realised in this ambitious adaptation.
High Rise Focuses on the inhabitants of a new tower block in the London commuter-belt as residents more primal urges start to emerge and civilization’s veneer begins to fade. As an increasingly primitive world erupts into the corridors and luxurious apartments everything starts to change. The ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller – deliver perfect performances, building on the unsettling material.
The movie is essential viewing. Listen out also for the score, which includes a stunning version of ABBA’s SOS by Portishead.
“Working with writer (and co-editor) Amy Jump again, Wheatley wades into the prescient 1975 text, delivering a complex, fluid interpretation which is respectful and almost-faithful while still being its own beautiful, crazed beast.” – Screendaily.com
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