Notable movies: Sightseers, Kill List, The ABCs of Death
As cult favorite director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) switches genres and color stocks from film to film, so does Rose, his cinematographer since his debut, Down Terrace. Their last collaboration was the bonkers black-and-white A Field in England, which followed a few 17th century British army deserters who convene in a field that has nothing to eat except psychedelic mushrooms. Rose filmed a stunning centerpiece drug trip that ‘shroom novices might complain lasted far longer than initially expected (motion-sickness sufferers beware!).
“We’ve gradually got a little more sophisticated, the scale of things getting steadily larger,” Rose said of his collaborations with Wheatley. So of course, from a vacant field in England, they next go to an apartment complex in England. High-Rise is an adaptation of a J.G. Ballard novel and is the first Wheatley film to have some bona-fide stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, and Jeremy Irons. It involves social classes. But before you worry that Wheatley’s doing British Masterpiece Theatre, this is class warfare in an apartment building; floor against floor, the rules of the jungle. And with a budget of at least ten times larger than their last film, we can’t wait to see what sort of carnage Wheatley and Rose are able to unleash.