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Northern Ireland Films Selected for Toronto International Film Festival


Two Northern Ireland based films are set for their world premiers at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, running 10-20 September

High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley, from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston in the lead along with Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss. 

High-Rise has been selected for Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform section, a new programme comprising up to 12 films of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision by significant international filmmakers. Produced by Oscar-winning Jeremy Thomas, High-Rise is a dystopian depiction of a society that starts a class war in a high-rise apartment. It filmed in Northern Ireland, including a key location in Bangor, in 2014 and received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

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

High-Rise is the second Northern Ireland based film to have been confirmed in official selection following on from the announcement that Anthony Wonke’s feature documentary, Being AP, will also be featuring at the festival. 

The film, which gained exclusive access to the Northern Ireland jockey, AP ‘Tony’ McCoy, his family and racing teams, follows the 20-time champion jockey through his final season in 2014-15. The 40 year-old has notched up more than 4,300 wins, 700 falls, 40 broken bones and a BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2010 across a near 25-year racing career. 

Being AP was produced by Nick Ryle for Moneyglass Films, in partnership with Partizan Films and Roads Entertainment, and in association with BBC Films with support from The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Horse Racing Authority/Great British Racing.

Being AP will screen as part of Toronto International Film Festival Docs, billed as "candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world."