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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #39. Ben Wheatley’s High Rise

High Rise

Director: Ben Wheatley// Writer: Amy Jump

The fast moving and increasingly prolific Ben Wheatley commands a significant following after only four incredibly well received feature films, including Down Terrace (2009), Kill List (2011), Sightseers (2013), and his most experimental title to date, A Field in England (2013). He’s back with High Rise, which also features Wheatley’s most high profile cast, including Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, and headlining Tom Hiddleston. Based on JG Ballard’s classic novel, a young doctor enraptured by the exclusive world created in a state of the art high rise building in Thatcher’s Britain, and his subsequent discovery that beneath the surface, nothing is quite what it seems.

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons

Producer: Recorded Company Picture’s Jeremy Thomas

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Filming took place in Northern Ireland, and Wheatley seems to be a favorite at Cannes (though A Field in England bypassed for Karlovy Vary) and we’re thinking either a Special Screening or Director’s Fortnight slot may be possible.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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