London, 1975. A slick apartment tower rises above the Thames, the beginnings of what will soon become the world’s biggest financial hub. Dominating the landscape, it is simply called the High-Rise… its address a mark of exclusivity. Its newest resident is Robert Laing, an ambitious young doctor utterly seduced by the lifestyle and cutting-edge technology the high-rise has to offer. Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur who introduces him to the seedy underbelly of the high-rise. The cracks in this apparently flawless society grow rapidly, and Laing is shocked at the depravity he sees. Life in the high-rise quickly descends into madness and violence, and Laing finds himself amongst the marauding hordes of bloodthirsty tenants who take over the building, floor by floor.
About the director
Ben Wheatley (1972, Billericay) is a director, writer, producer and editor whose work includes feature films, animated films, TV series and advertising. Initially a short film maker and animator, with his wife he is the co-founder of the ‘Mr and Mrs Wheatley’ blog, producing popular short animations and games. Wheatley also wrote several episodes for Doctor Who.