England, 1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into an extraordinary building: the forty floors of this glamorous tower block are clearly divided. The upper class – which includes Anthony Royal, the tower’s celebrated architect has reserved the top floors for itself. Laing lives in the middle part of the tower seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home.
Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel by screenwriter Amy Jump, HIGH – RISE stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss.
The new film from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley in UK cinemas March 18th.