High Rise Ris­ing To The Top

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Af­ter the big bud­get ex­trav­a­ganza of The Hob­bit, Luke Evans fan­cied a change of pace with High Rise. Helmed by Kill List’s Ben Wheat­ley, the adap­ta­tion of JG Bal­lard’s dystopian thriller was shot over a hec­tic six- week pe­riod in Belfast.

“It’s men­tal!” Evans tells Red Alert. “Films like this don’t re­ally get made any more so I’m glad to be part of it. It’s in­cred­i­bly dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­thing else I’ve done. It’s the ’ 70s, so the pe­riod has got a very spe­cific aes­thetic and per­son­al­ity. Ben Wheat­ley is noth­ing short of a ge­nius.”

Cen­tring around Tom Hid­dle­ston’s young doc­tor Robert Laing who is em­broiled in grow­ing so­cial un­rest af­ter mov­ing to a luxury block, Evans plays Richard Wilder, a doc­u­men­tary film­maker who has been os­tracised for crit­i­cis­ing their deca­dent life­styles. “He’s the ag­i­ta­tor but he’s more than that,” he ex­plains. “As the film un­folds, you see that he’s shrouded in slight crazi­ness, although he’s prob­a­bly the san­est per­son in the whole high rise. But it’s only as the film de­vel­ops that you un­der­stand that and see this man, who has been strug­gling to keep hold of re­al­ity but to­tally los­ing it at the same time.”

High Rise was first op­tioned by pro­ducer Jeremy Thomas af­ter its pub­li­ca­tion in 1975. “It’s a su­per dark book,” says Evans. “JG Bal­lard was a ge­nius! His daugh­ter came to the set, which was re­ally nice and she said that he would be very proud of what we were do­ing. Just to see it be­ing made is great for a start, be­cause it’s taken a long time – 30 years to be pre­cise!”

High Rise is re­leased in UK cine­mas later this year.

The stark, ef­fec­tive poster for the film.

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