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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


Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)

Brazil for me comes out of loving Python, and I came to Python first of all from audiocassette, because they just weren’t available to watch. And then from the film And Now For Something Completely Different, which was the film that they made with a compilation of sketches from the show. I didn't see the show until later on. I think I remember seeing tiny bits of Jabberwocky, and I finally saw Time Bandits, which I thought was incredible. And then I remember seeing the trailer for Brazil in the cinema and just being blown away and thinking “I really need to see this movie!” but I couldn't, because I was too young.

So it took me a couple of years to see it, and I don't think I’ve ever seen it in the cinema. But I’ve bought it many, many times. It’s a film that bears watching again and again and again. It’s so packed with detail, it’s funny and so political. It’s just a perfect film I think.