Ben Wheatley is one of Britain’s greatest and most prolific modern directors, and as if to prove it he’ll appear at Empire Live with not one but two movies. Wheatley will be on hand to introduce some preview footage from his next movie, Free Fire, a gripping thriller about a drug deal gone bad. With an all-star cast including Michael Smiley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and newly-minted Oscar winner Brie Larson. We follow this up with a full screening of his all-star adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise. Previously thought unfilmable, the movie stars Tom Hiddleston as a doctor who gets caught up in the mania that grips the inhabitants of a tower block in the 1970s. With Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss also in the cast, this darkly funny, gripping, provocative film is a must-see. This really is a double bill not to be missed.
We welcome one of Pedro Almodóvar’s closest collaborators, multi-Oscar® and BAFTA-nominated composer Alberto Iglesias, to discuss his creative relationship with the Spanish director and his career in music. Iglesias has worked with Almodóvar on 10 films, beginning with The Flower of My Secret and including this year’s Julieta (see our review), and has also worked with Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone and Tomas Alfredson. We’re proud to welcome one of cinema’s most acclaimed composers to the BFI stage to discuss his illustrious career.
This event will be hosted by renowned conductor, arranger and broadcaster Robert Ziegler.