Receiving it’s UK premier at the London Film Festival tonight is Ben Wheatley’s film of JG Ballard’s classic novel High Rise.
High-Rise opens with a dishevelled man (the ever-sublime Tom Hiddleston) eating barbecued dog on the balcony of his trashed apartment, some 25 floors up.
Hiddleston’s character, Dr Robert Laing, has just taken ownership of his luxurious apartment whose lofty location places him amongst the upper echelons. He is immediately drawn into and seduced by the louche culture of nightly cocktail parties, where conversation always comes back to Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building.
However, as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble.