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April 13, 2016

High-Rise preview screening and movie masterclass with Ben Wheatley


Jenni Sheppard / Vancity Buzz

British film director Ben Wheatley is in Vancouver, to give movie buffs a preview screening of his latest feature film High-Rise – plus an exclusive masterclass and Q&A.

A dystopic tale of city living, High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as Robert Laing, a young doctor who moves into a London skyscraper.

But it’s a high-rise with a twist: the super-rich enjoy decadence at the top, while the poor are forced to live at the bottom. As Laing is seduced by the insularity and glamour of his neighbours, chaos ensues – and the high-rise descends into anarchy.

The preview screening – several weeks ahead of the movie’s official Canadian release date of May 20 – is at 11 p.m. this Friday, April 15 at VIFF Vancity Theatre.

Wheatley, who also directed the brutal Kill List and black comedy Sightseers, will discuss the movie in the masterclass at VIFF at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

Individual tickets to the screening or masterclass are $15, or buy both together for $25.

High-Rise screening and masterclass with Ben Wheatley
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
When: Screening is Friday, April 15 at 11 p.m., masterclass is Saturday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: viff.org