100 MIN

Advertising executive James Ballard and his wife Catherine lead complex, if hollow, sexual lives. Following a near fatal crash with Dr. Helen Remington, Ballard is drawn into an exploration of the connections between danger, sex and death. As their involvement with photographer Vaughan and accident victim Gabrielle deepens, Ballard and Catherine discover new and disturbing ways of expressing love.

Jury Special Prize, Cannes IFF, 1996

Cast & Crew
Producer(s): David Cronenberg
Director: David Cronenberg
Script: David Cronenberg
Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Production Designer: Carol Spier
Music by: Howard Shore
Sound: David Lee
Edit: Ronald Sanders
Cast: James Spader, Rosanna Arquette, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger, Holly Hunter
Production: Alliance Communications Corporation, RPS, TMN, Telefilm Canada

Jeremy Thomas, Producer
Thomas was born into cinema as his father and uncle were successful film directors. He started in the film laboratories and graduated to the editing department, working on many movies and ultimately editing a film for Ken Loach. In 1974, Thomas produced his first film in Australia, Philippe Mora’s Mad Dog Morgan starring Dennis Hopper, and then founded Recorded Picture Company. Thomas has since gone on to produce many distinctive films in a truly international career, including Jerzy Skolimowski’sThe Shout, Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing, Eureka and Insignificance, and Nagisa Ôshima’sMerry Christmas Mr Lawrence starring David Bowie.In 1986, Thomas collaborated with director Bernardo Bertolucci on The Last Emperor, which won nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture, along with many other international awards.
Thomas went on to make many films including The Sheltering Sky, Stealing Beauty and The Dreamers with Bertolucci. Thomas has strategically remained an independent producer, resulting in a diverse body of work, including titles such as David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, Crash and A Dangerous Method, Takeshi Kitano’s Brother, Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, David Mackenzie’s Young Adam, Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,Blade of the Immortal and First Love, the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, and Tale of Tales and Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone. Throughout his career, Thomas has worked with many other leading filmmakers including Stephen Frears, Richard Linklater, Bob Rafaelson, Phillip Noyce, Wim Wenders, Khyentse Norbu and Terry Gilliam.
In 1992, Thomas was appointed Chairman of the British Film Institute, and was made a Life Fellow in 2000. He has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world, including BAFTA’s Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 1991. He has been President of the Jury at the Tokyo, San Sebastian, Berlin and Cannes film festivals (Un Certain Regard), and has also served on the main Jury at Cannes. His long relationship with Cannes has seen him premiere over fifteen films at the festival. Thomas was named C.B.E. in the 2009 Queen’s Honours for his services to film. Thomas has produced over sixty films and continues to make movies at Recorded Picture Company, with titles upcoming from Takashi Miike and Julien Temple.

David Cronenberg
Canadian director David Cronenberg was born in 1943, in Toronto. While at university, he became interested in film and produced two shorts. His first films were Stereo and Crimes of the Future, both were filmed in the late '60's. In 1975, Cronenberg filmed his first commercial feature, Shivers. He directed The Brood in 1979, then Scanners. Cronenberg's next film, Videodrome (1983) was hailed by Andy Warhol as "the Clockwork Orange of the 80s". In 1996, he won the Prix Spécial du Jury at Cannes with Crash. Then he presented two films in Festival de Cannes' official Competition: Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005) and Cosmopolis (2012).

Stereo (1969), Crimes of the Future (1970), Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), Fast Company (1979), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), Maps to the Stars (2014), Crimes of the Future (2022).