High-Rise: Dr. Laing in red light All images ©BenWheatley
Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Lang Photo by Aidan Monaghan
“Based on the 1975 sci-fi thriller by JC Ballard, Wheatley says “We didn’t want it to look like the greatest hits of the 70s, but we didn’t want it to feel alien,” Ben Wheatley tells Neil McGlone in the April 2016 issue of Sight & Sound, discussing the visual design of his and Amy Jump’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopic satire High-Rise. “I wanted to take those bits of the futuristic 70s and the kitsch stuff and make an alternate version of it.”The magazine paired sketches alongside several images of the film, which, checking the trailer below, looks fantastic. Please note the Ben Wheatley copyright.
The director painted 700 images for the film, I nabbed most of them, but several more can be found at Sight and Sound BFI.
High Rise Trailer
This is the kind of dystopian sci-fi I really enjoy. I love seeing how we humans respond when the world around us gets a little out of hand. Pitting the haves against the have nots is always a winning trope. Personally, I’m looking forward to reading a novel—fiction, hopefully—about a world gone mad with the coronation of a Trump-like candidate.
High-Rise is out in the U.K. now, here in the U.S. we’re officially getting it April 28th.
Look good to you?