NAKED LUNCH

Canada/UK/Japan 1991, 115 mins, 18DLV

Directed: David Cronenberg (from a story by William S. Burroughs).

Starring: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands.

Winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director.

Winner of 7 Genie Awards (including Best Film).

Acclaimed for its surrealistic visual and thematic elements, Naked Lunch has become a cult film.

In this adaptation of William S. Burrough’s hallucinatory novel, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and quaint talking bugs. Alternatively humorous and grotesque – and always surreal – the film mingles aspects of Burrough’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.

● Provocative. Empire.

● Bracing, brilliant. Cooly riveting and darkly entertaining film. The NY Times.

● For those up to the dare, it’s one clammily compelling movie. Newsweek.

● Fascinating, mordantly funny. Variety.

● Audacious masterpiece. Chicago Reader.

● Wonderfully bizarre. IMDB.