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Sunday, 23 February 2014

The 8th Hall Of Fame Inductee For Contribution To Directing - David Cronenberg



David Cronenberg made his name shocking people in what on the surface could be dismissed by some as pulp genre fiction schlock. However, body horror films like Shivers, The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly and Dead Ringers tell us more about ourselves and address societal matters like AIDS, trauma, the influence of technology in our lives, the physical transformation of the flesh more than any po-faced drama could. Speaking of drama, not only did Cronenberg in the nineties adapt two of his favourite novels, William S. Burrough’s Naked Lunch and J.G. Ballard’s Crash, but he has also made a fine stab at the genre, with A History Of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method firmly entrenched in a more recognizable, but no more relevant reality than his earlier works. A director with as much importance in the medium as a Philip K. Dick in literature, using genre fiction as a metaphorical means to enlighten us to our very existence.

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