High-Rise in cinemas on 18th March
Date Posted: March 16, 2016
High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley, from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston in the lead along with Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss. Filmed on location in Northern Ireland in 2014 the movie is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland this Friday, 18th March.
Set in London in 1975, a slick apartment tower rises above the Thames, the beginnings of what will soon become the world’s biggest financial hub.
Dominating the landscape, it is simply called the High-Rise… its address a mark of exclusivity. Its newest resident is Robert Laing, an ambitious young doctor utterly seduced by the lifestyle and cutting-edge technology the high-rise has to offer.
Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur who introduces him to the seedy underbelly of the high-rise. The cracks in this apparently flawless society grow rapidly, and Laing is shocked at the depravity he sees. Life in the high-rise quickly descends into madness and violence, and Laing finds himself amongst the marauding hordes of bloodthirsty tenants who take over the building, floor by floor.
High-Rise received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI. Produced by Jeremy Thomas for Recorded Picture Company other financiers include Film4 and the BFI. Hanway handled international sales and the film is being distributed by StudioCanal in the UK.