Crimes of the Future (1970)

Part of the David Cronenberg

Director: David Cronenberg
Certificate: Unknown
Format: 16mm
Language: English

We’ll be ending the season with the master’s first two feature films.

Cronenberg’s icy first featurettes show a young director already sure of his fecund thematic territory, investigating the convergence of fringe medicine and outlaw sexuality in Stereo (1969), wherein subjects at a sex-research institute undergo brain surgery to acquire telepathic powers, and Crimes Of The Future (1970), which arranges a bizarre interface of dermatology and paedophilia.

Other films in the David Cronenberg:


Film: The Brood (Dir. David Cronenberg) (1979)

15 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Oliver Reed (!!) stars as an unconventional therapist who encourages Samantha Eggar to undergo “psychoplasmic” therapy – whereby mental and emotional trauma takes physical form – and produces scores of deformed, murderous children who prey upon her young (human) daughter. Made after a difficult custody battle between Cronenberg and his former wife, The Brood is perhaps the director’s most cathartic and autobiographical film.


Film: Existenz (1999)

19 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Cronenberg returns to original-screenplay work with the crafty virtual-reality adventure eXistenZ (1999), which glistened with spinal bioports and sticky-icky “game pods”. Released around the same time as The Matrix, the movie appeared as the smarter, scrappier arthouse cousin to the self-important blockbuster.


Film: Scanners (1981)

24 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Very Cult Sci-Fi horror…


Film: Dead Ringers (1988)

26 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.

What could be better than Jeremy Irons?


Film: Stereo (1969)

29 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.

We’ll be ending the season with the master’s first two feature films.