Back in October for the BFI London Film Festival we brought you our review of Ben Wheatley’s astoundingly unsettling latest feature High-Rise.
Fans of the stars Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller have been clamoring to know when they can see it outside of the film festival circuit, which to date has been the only way to see it.
While the film has release dates for the UK, France and Germany, having distribution through StudioCanal, The Jokers and DCM Film Distribution respectively, it has now been announced that Magnolia Picture have acquired the USA distribution rights to the film.
High-Rise will get released at a yet to be announced date via Magnolia’s genre arm Magnet Releasing. The company has distributed one of Wheatley’s previous films, Down Terrace.
High-Rise is nothing short of a brilliant cacophony of excess and indulgence. It has been nominated for several awards including a British Independent Film Award Best Actor for Tom Hiddleston, and Best Screenplay for Amy Jump. At the San Sebastian Film Festival it garnered a Best Film nomination. While at Toronto there were rumblings that some attendees walked out, it has since come from a source at the screening that really that was only about 30 people in an audience of over 1000, and that scheduling meant some reviewers were required to be in other places to catch parts of other films.
High-Rise is not going to be for everyone. Like the book by JG Ballard from which it is sourced, it is not an easy watch. It is not a pretty film. It is not meant to be. It is a little crazy, and there is some great black comedy, but it also niggles away at that part of us we can all recognise. Or that we pretend we don’t; the need for self preservation.
In his statement on the announcement Ben Wheatley said, “I’m very excited about working with Magnet again, They have the brains and the balls to handle the crazy beast that is ‘High-Rise.’”
Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said, “Ben Wheatley is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today, constantly breaking down genre walls, and ‘High-Rise’ is no different.” He continued, “Audiences will find this highly-entertaining and inventive thriller as exciting and relevant today as Ballard’s book was when it was released nearly forty years ago.”