Monday, 12 October 2015
BFI Film Festival - High-Rise
High-Rise was definitely one of the main films that I wanted to see. Having read about the original book by J.G. Ballard, author of Crash and Empire of the Son, I was really intrigued to hear that, just a few weeks after me discovering the story, it was going to be made into a film. And here we are. Ben Wheatly, British director said in the Q&A that when he came across the book that he surprised that this wasn't a film already. The story was in good hands.
High-Rise is about the residents of a luxury high rise building, equipt with everything you would need, a school, a supermarket, gym, pool and inside your own flat, all the new technology that's on offer. The building is set apart from the city and society, as the building towers over a gigantic car park where people forget where they have actually left their car. The film is set in 1975, which is when the book was original released so it gives a sense that this film is what the future was thought to be like back then.
I did laugh out loud quite frequently and shudder at a few moments too. I enjoyed every bit of it and I am proud that this is a very British film with a very British cast (except Mad Men alumni, Elizabeth Moss). For me, I don't think this film would have worked in another country, mostly to do with the characters that appear, but also, the director. He is known for violent films and latest violence and comedy. I have to admit I have had no desire to see his other films, but High-Rise has made me see the light.