“Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.”
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming film version of J.G. Ballard‘s High Rise. The novel was written in 1975, two years after Crash and documents the descent of an ultra-modern self-contained ’70s tower block into barbarism. As with Crash it explores societal fetishisation of technology and has a rather detached protagonist with a hint of Luke Reinhart‘s The Dice Man about him. As when Ballard’s at his best the concepts and concerns are recognisably contemporary or science-fictional, even while their treatment isn’t.
The film by Ben Wheatley (dir. A Field In England) stars man-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth “Peggy from Mad Men” Moss, James “Marc Antony off Rome” Purefoy as well as Reece Shearsmith in a supporting role. It’s been showing at festivals since last year and goes on general release in the UK on March 18th.