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“Nothing to See Here”: a Film by Paul H Williams

By • Jan 14th, 2018 •

Category: Abu Dhabi, airports, alternate worlds, CCTV, Dubai, film, flying, hyperreality, Lead Story, memory, non-place, perception, surveillance

In 2010, ballardian.com published a series of short films made by Paul H Williams on location when he was working in Abu Dhabi. He was working on surveillance systems there, some kind of government contract. Micro-movement fascinated him. He filmed the Abu Dhabi cityscape at night, the million pinpricks of light across its multitude of construction sites and half-formed buildings. In the morning, he filmed the clouds from the top of his mega-hotel as they slowly swathed the highest skyscrapers, and then again as they evaporated in the Gulf’s nuclear heat. At ground level, he filmed the red-orange sand blowing over the highway, which covered the road so completely that the tarmac was no longer visible. Then he filmed the sand drifting away, slowing down the footage as if the tarmac was being revealed in an archaeological dig thousands of years in the future. Now, Paul returns with the one shocking film he couldn’t bring himself to make public back then. It is the final conclusion to his Abu Dhabi mission. PROJECT CANCELLED.



‘Working for the building’: An Interview with Ben Wheatley

By • May 30th, 2016 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, Ben Wheatley, brutalism, features, film, gated communities, urban decay, urban revolt, urban ruins, William Burroughs

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise opened earlier this year, garnering praise, bemusement and opprobrium in roughly equal measure. In this exclusive interview, Wheatley tells us about the process of adapting the film, his attraction to Ballard, and his working relationship with scriptwriter and editor Amy Jump.

Welcome to the High-Rise.



High-Rise: All the Posters So Far

By • Mar 3rd, 2016 •

Category: advertising, Ben Wheatley, features, film, Lead Story, visual art

Feast your eyes on all the promotional posters for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise…

“There comes a time when some sort of radical action is needed. Some of my novels, like High-Rise, are terrorist novels in that they’re designed to deliberately provoke.” J.G. Ballard.



Death is in the Air: Startling New Images from High-Rise

By • Jan 31st, 2016 •

Category: architecture, Ben Wheatley, features, film, Lead Story

A clutch of amazing new stills from Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise have been released into the wild. This photo essay explores how Wheatley taps into Ballardian myth beyond the source novel, alongside quotes from High-Rise itself.



High-Rise: Wheatley vs Cronenberg

By • Dec 15th, 2015 •

Category: advertising, alternate worlds, architecture, Ben Wheatley, brutalism, David Cronenberg, drained swimming pools, dystopia, features, film, Lead Story, leisure, urban revolt, urbanism

High-Rise, Ben Wheatley’s much-anticipated adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, goes on general release in March 2016. The first trailer was released recently, bringing excitement to the boil, for not only does the trailer adapt Ballard, it also homages Cronenberg.



Towards Year Zero: Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

By • Oct 19th, 2015 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, film, gated communities, inner space, Lead Story, medical procedure, micronations, reviews, Shanghai, the middle classes

In September 2015, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Reactions covered the entire spectrum: people loved it, people loathed it, people were bored by it. The UK premiere was in London recently, and Mike Holliday attended; he loved it. His verdict? A very worthy addition to the growing catalogue of Ballard feature films.



London Event: Simon Sellars: A Secret History of Ballardian Cinema

By • May 26th, 2014 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, film, Lead Story

Join Simon Sellars (publisher of ballardian.com, and co-editor of Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard) for a multimedia excursion through the alternate history of Ballard’s impact on film. Shoreditch, London, 28 May.