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Rising To The Occasion: Ben Wheatley's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Ian Schultz , March 17th, 2016 07:32

Ahead of the release of his JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise, director Ben Wheatley talks Ian Schultz through his 13 all-time favourite films


Performance (Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, 1970)

Again it’s a transformative movie. There are segments in Performance where I don’t understand how they did them. I don't know what they were thinking when they made the decisions.

I thought it was just incredible. It’s like a playbook for editing and for boldness of filmmaking. To take what is essentially quite a straightforward genre film and then transform it into a kind of search through the soul of the two men is incredible. And then that Roeg cutting pattern that seems to be developed in Performance and then spreads out into Walkabout, Bad Timing and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Those movies were massively influential on me.