Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

High Life

  • Gary Yates /
  • Canada, USA /
  • 2009 /
  • 78 mins

Timothy Olyphant, Joe Anderson, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Rossif Sutherland / Fiction / English

A blackly comic heist movie, from the grubby flipside of the 80s consumer dream...

Gary Yates

Gary Yates was a professional magician for ten years prior to his embarking on his filmmaking career, making the transition after picking up an old Super-8 camera in Amsterdam. His first short film, Made For TV, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1992, and went on to win numerous awards. He has won awards from the Directors Guild of Great Britain and the National Screen Institute, and was shortlisted for an Oscar® nomination for Best Short Film. His first feature film, the award-winning Seven Times Lucky, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.

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  • #1 Leona Campbell / Friday 19 June, 2009 / 22:42 GMT

    Tonight I managed to catch a showing of High Life and have to say it was surprising in a very nice way. Being a huge fan of all things 80's, that was my only premise for adding it to my viewing list and it really won me over. Presonally I found the start of the film a little slow, but once the 'gang' got together and the pace picked up I really enjoyed the movie and laughed my socks of at some parts of it. It has alot of those wonderful funny moments that just make you laugh at how silly life and people can get.

    It's a really good dark comedy and much more than a heist movie, it played more like a buddy movie for me. I'd highly recommend that anyone looking for a good laugh add this to your viewing list.
  • #2 Elaine Macintyre / Saturday 20 June, 2009 / 15:16 GMT

    This film really had me at hello with its tongue-in-cheek Goodfellas intro. Great characterisation, top performances, snappy script, canny use of music, Scorsese-style. Plus I'm a big fan of Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood and he's just great here!

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