I heard about this and rushed over to take a look. It looks fantastic; so simple yet so revealing. It would be an absolute dream to work with this (also looking forward to DW). Will be in London in the summer, if an extra hand is needed or if an oriental female character is still needed, I'd love to fight for the job. Best Wishes, - J
Brilliant stuff - can't wait for it to get underway.
And if you have space for a Mancunian couple, trying to break into the world of film in a production assistant/runner capacity, there are two very eager 26 years olds at your disposal!
I would love to be considered for an extra part for your latest project HighRise? Through I have not yet worked on camera, I am have worked extensively in amateur theatre and am keen learner and you can have faith in me as a young actress (17) that I will work hard. The experience is all I wish for. Therefore, I can send you a CV if you wish or you can contact me on 07731776948. Thank you very much. Yours Sincerely, Elizabeth Pennington (Liverpool)
Can't wait. So hurry up!
Fantastic news! Really looking forward to seeing the adaptation come to fruition. Any chance you'll be looking for extras? If so, I'd be eager to play a savage lower class resident. :)
Great news. Godspeed with this one. All aboard for Paradise Towers!
Holy crap! I've been waiting for this film for years, such a brilliant book. You're the perfect director too, awesome, very happy indeed. Brilliant!
Oh Wow! Very exciting. Stunning poster. All the best Ben. Can't wait to see it.
Just had my head split apart by A Field in England, and loving Ballard (and High Rise in particularly) I think you guys will completely own this project and I couldn't be more excited.
Don't know whether this posted first time round so here goes again (my apologies if the message has been repeated):Dear Mr WheatleyI am doing a Phd on 'edge lands' in British contemporary cinema and your work is featuring prominently in my research. The fact that you are filming a J.G. Ballard novel seems to me a natural progression in your work, continuing what seems to me a recurring motif within your films of edelands and liminality, whilst at the same time almost modernising folk-horror. I would love to hear your opinions on why you think that the edgelands are becoming more prevalent in the landscape of British cinema. Is it our own paranoia about losing our identity or do you think it's something to do with nostalgia? Best wishesLance Hanson
Hi Ben,Can i just open with how happy i am to firstly hear that High Rise (my favourite book) is finally getting the cinema treatment it’s deserved for so long, and secondly that an amazing director is attached who understands the subtleties of cinema and isn’t going to give it the OTT hollywood treatment. Being a budding film maker i grew up dreaming of making this film, i really can’t tell you how much time i’ve spent thinking about how this book could be adapted. Starting with simple ideas for the intro using the silhouette of the high rise block as a reference to the monolith in 2001 representing a new beginning, to using different grades for the different floors. Possibly taking it as far as using different cameras for the different floors, so starting with DV handhelds at the bottom, moving up to red epics for the top floors and roof (although please no 3d :) ). I’m sure you have a great team working hard on giving this the treatment it deservers. Having Tom Hiddleston playing Dr Laing is inspired, he has the perfect mix of restraint and equally could be an imposing force, showing the degradation (or is that rejuvenation) into a primordial state. But if you ever fancy adding (another) huge fan of the novel, please feel free to contact me at any point, even if just to bounce ideas around. I would love to be involved in a way possible, and at any level.Thanks for your time, Timp.s. the poster is gorgeous, it’s has a really nice classic look to it as if it could be a vintage record sleeve (presumably it would be for the human league ;) ) p.p.s I see your shooting in June, just putting it out there that it’s my birthday on June 8th, couldn’t think of better way of spending it than seeing a master at work. (Ridley Scott gave me Prometheus for my birthday a couple of years ago, or at least that’s how i like to think of it ;) ).
I cannot wait to see the movie! The sets, costumes, I'm so excited! I wish I could see it before hand! ! A long wait, but the book is one of my favourites by far.
I love Ballard and was extremely impressed with "A Field In England" [particularly the hallucinatory sequence & the jarring possession scene, which for me triggered memories of Easy Rider, Performance and Wicker Man etc]. "High Rise" is a brilliant novel, full of weird menace and shifting undertones. To quote The Cure, "In a high building there is so much to do". Anyway, to say that I am looking forward to this would not be so much of an understatement as...actually, yes, it would be an understatement, so I'll shut up now.
Hello Wonderful Ben,I once auditioned for you for the Go Compare advert and it was my favourite audition. If ever you might need someone like me to work for you, I will be there in an instant (and travel through the space/time continuum). http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/4370-7863-8103
Im extremely excited for High-rise to be filmed in Bangor! I was just wondering if any auditions will be held in Northern Ireland for roles or even walk on roles and where they will be?Thank you for your time,Kennedy
greetings,love your work and look forward to seeing high rise,hawkwind have a song called high rise on there pxr5 album its haunting and dark and was inspirerd by the book,would be a great title score.cheers Richard nr oxford
The Duke St Workshop are available to score High Rise - How about it?http://thedukestworkshop.bandcamp.com/album/lexicon-of-paragon-pines
Could I speak to you about High Rise, I am writing a piece for Sunday Times Style, about high rise living, and a comment from you might be quite curve ball fun. Katespicer@btinternet.comI love the book, so a film most exciting
I'm so happy to see that Ballard's amazing novel is finally getting a film adaptation. I was wondering what the chances are of Hawkwind's "High Rise" song, based on Ballard's book, being incorporated into the film? The song was released on their PXR5 album back in 1979 and is such a hauntingly beautiful piece with a very rich cinematic feel. I really look forward to seeing your film on the big screen, thank you so much!
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