High-Rise, Ballard and the 1970s – An Exchange with Adam Roberts


I wrote an article titled ‘Sourcedness’ on Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of High-Rise for Critical Quarterly. It’s here. (It’s also here, until Critical Quarterly say no.)

A Facebook post by Adam Roberts on 20th April 2017 seemed to be thinking along the same lines:

The Alec Guinness/BBC “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, set in the 1970s, *looks* a lot less “1970s” than the more recent film version, also set in the 1970s, because the BBC version *was actually made* in the 1970s, and in the 1970s the 1970s really didn’t look very 1970s, where the 2011 filmmakers went out of their way to make their movie look 1970s.

Jameson’s “Postmodernism” book has something relevant to this.

So I suggested Adam Roberts read what I’d said in CQ:


The writer-director team Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley is among the most interesting and ambitious working in British cinema…

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