Previously at the ICA - Films
1 Apr 2016 – 7 Apr 2016
J. G. Ballard’s dystopian novel about society disintegrating within a giant tower block is brought to the screen by the maverick writer-director partnership of Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers). Awarded his biggest budget yet, Wheatley ushers on board established stars and ace production designer Mark Tildesley (The Constant Gardener, 28 Days Later). Dr Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), an affluent new tenant of the titular high-rise, quickly attracts the attentions of neighbour Charlotte (Sienna Miller) and then of Helen (Elisabeth Moss), who happens to be married to the socially stratified community’s resident troublemaker (Luke Evans). As tensions build, the brutalist tower that its architect (a supremely laconic Irons) imagined would be “a crucible for change” gradually descends into anarchy in this great-looking, darkly hilarious drama.
High Rise, dir. Ben Wheatley, USA 2016, 118 mins