With his adaptation of JG Ballard’s dystopian sci-fi novel ‘High-Rise’, director Ben Wheatley heads back to the future. Specifically, the future as seen from the mid-1970s, a time of shag carpets, sleek skyscrapers and galloping social strife. Without wallowing in nostalgia, Wheatley nails the mood of the era: if you were born after 1979, this might be the closest you’ll get to time travel. We asked the director to select a handful of objects that inspired the film’s unique look.
‘Kaleidoscopes were a legitimate toy for children in the ’70s. A wondrous bit of magic you could hold in your hand! Which seems a bit naïve today, in a world where kids are straight on an ipad as soon as they can use their hands. But I found them amazing as a kid, you’d look into it and you’d see something incredible. We use a prism lens in the film, to try and recreate the look of the kaleidoscope.’