Date of Lecture: 2003-11-07
One would be hard-pressed to find a more internationally celebrated Canadian feature film director than Toronto born auteur David Cronenberg. Since his 1975 breakthrough feature film Shivers that both shocked and baffled an unsuspecting public, Cronenberg has enjoyed a career that has lasted more than 20 years. Working from both original material as well as literary adaptation, Cronenbergs films explore themes of sexuality, infestation, disease, reality, and obsession. Adapting works from such authors as J.G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, David Henry Hwangand, and most recently from the Patrick McGrath novel Spider, Cronenberg has consistently challenged his audience to set aside common notions of reality and to explore the horror from within. In addition to directing over a dozen feature films, Cronenberg has worked in television, served as jury president for the 1999 Cannes film festival, been an active proponent of Canadian filmmaking, and was recently awarded the Order of Canada.
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