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Trailer for Ballard-Inspired "High Rise" Film Shows Life Inside a Brutalist Megastructure

Trailer for Ballard-Inspired "High Rise" Film Shows Life Inside a Brutalist Megastructure

“Ever wanted something more?” asks Robert Laing, the character played by Tom Hiddleston in the new trailer for “High Rise” - an upcoming film based off of the 1975 novel by new wave science fiction author J.G. Ballard. Filmed as a advertisement for the brutalist tower, the complex boasts that with its numerous amenities, “there is almost no reason to leave,” prefiguring the story's unsettling premise.

Befitting the architecturally-inspired tale, the architecture seen in the snapshots shows off a concrete megastructure, with beautiful board-formed concrete walls elegantly highlighting and contrasting with the modernist furniture and shag surfaces of the interiors. Not unlike the real-life brutalist residential megastructure The Barbican, the High Rise features a supermarket, gym, swimming pool, spa, and school. Perhaps that is why Laing describes the film’s setting as “distinctly and definitively British.” Watch the video for a first look at film, to be released in theaters in 2016, and find out more at the tongue-in-cheek website for the building's fictional designer, anthonyroyalarchitecture.co.uk.

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Trailer for Ballard-Inspired "High Rise" Film Shows Life Inside a Brutalist Megastructure" 22 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/778927/trailer-for-ballard-inspired-high-rise-film-shows-life-inside-a-brutalist-megastructure/> ISSN 0719-8884
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