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Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise to Shoot in Northern Ireland

01/05/14

Acclaimed director Ben Wheatley to shoot next feature in Bangor and elsewhere from July 2014

Jeremy Thomas was pleased to confirm that his upcoming production High-Rise will shoot in Northern Ireland, including a key location in Bangor. The production will receive funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

Directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, the film is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston in the lead (Only Lovers Left Alive, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World). 

Wheatley is considered one of the most exciting British directors in a generation; having created a substantial stir with his provocative films Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England. Wheatley recently completed shooting on the new season of Dr Who for the BBC. 

Thomas said; 'I’m delighted to be shooting this special film in Northern Ireland, with wonderful support from Andrew Reid and all at Northern Ireland Screen. We look forward to a great shoot.' 

Richard Williams. Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said; 'We are delighted to welcome Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas and his team at the Recorded Picture Company to Northern Ireland. Our investment in projects of this nature help develop the Northern Ireland production sector; contributing to the long-term stability of our creative industries, through the creation of jobs and the evidence that Northern Ireland can compete in the global market.' 

High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart. 

Enter Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal. Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte. 

But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. 

As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself. High-Rise is slated for a July start, with Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company. 

HanWay Films are handling international sales worldwide. Financiers include Film4 and the British Film Institute.