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Ben Wheatley’s High Rise set for Northern Ireland shoot in July

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- Production receives funding from Northern Ireland Screen Fund

Ben Wheatley’s High Rise set for Northern Ireland shoot in July
Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley, known for his provocative films Sightseers [+see also:
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, Kill List [+see also:
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and A Field In England [+see also:
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, will shoot his next film High-Rise [+see also:
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 in Northern Ireland, including a key location in Bangor. The production will receive funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and financiers include Film4 and the British Film InstituteHigh Rise is slated for a July start, with Jeremy Thomas (BAFTA, Oscar, Golden Globe winner for The Last Emperor) producing through the Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films handling international sales.

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The film is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston (Only Lovers Left Alive [+see also:
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) as a young doctor enraptured by the exclusive world created in a state of the art high rise building in Thatcher’s Britain, and his subsequent discovery that beneath the surface, nothing is quite what it seems. 

Thomas said, “I’m delighted to be shooting this special film in Northern Ireland, with wonderful support from Andrew Reid and all at Northern Ireland Screen. We look forward to a great shoot.” Reid is the Head of Production at Northern Ireland Screen.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said, “We are delighted to welcome Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas and his team at the Recorded Picture Company to Northern Ireland. Our investment in projects of this nature help develop the Northern Ireland production sector; contributing to the long-term stability of our creative industries, through the creation of jobs and the evidence that Northern Ireland can compete in the global market.”

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