In the latest issue of Empire magazine, Ben Wheatley took some time out from directing the upcoming episodes of the new Doctor Who series to speak a little bit about his next movie, High-Rise.
He spoke about when the book was written and how it fit into society today:
“It’s a very relevant book. It was written in the ’70s, projecting itself into a near future, but we live in that future now. It’s a book that’s about our parents in a way, that generation, and we’re the generation that’s the Thatcher generation. We’re almost in a new version of the ’70s. Nothing’s really moved forward particularly. It just resets, doesn’t it?”
“I’m looking forward to the ’70s and doing the ’70s. That period of British filmmaking is fascinating, so I’ve been looking at that and a lot of graphic design and fashion, and listening to a lot of music. I’ve got a massive 1975 playlist going on at the moment.”
A bit more about the casting of Tom Hiddleston:
“Ames (Amy Jump, his screenwriter and wife) and I cut some faces out of film stars we liked. Tom Hiddleston’s face was, disturbingly, on a whiteboard in our kitchen for quite a long time. It’s scary. I don’t think he knows that. He was our number one choice. You can see in the choices he made, if you go from Archipelago to Thor, it’s a pretty broad spectrum. He’s a very smart guy. I was chuffed.” I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who have a picture of Hiddleston on their whiteboard at home!
On the character of Dr Robert Laing, played by Hiddleston:
“Ballardian heroes are a tricky bunch, that’s for sure. Look at [James] Spader in Crash or even Christian Bale in Empire Of The Sun. They avoid, don’t they, a lot of the time? They’re tricky to pull off.”
And how this film is going to be different from his previous outings behind the camera:
“This is the fifth film in and it’s the first time we’ve had a set. It’s a major deal. It’s a different kind of filmmaking, marrying up the handheld and doco styles with the more controlled advertising and TV stuff I’ve done. That’s going to be very exciting.”
More information can be found over at Empire