Graphic of a two-headed lizard from eXistenZ



David Cronenberg is well known for working with the same creative team, many of whom have been with him for decades. Meet some of Cronenberg's core collaborators, hear their memories of how many of the films were made, and see artifacts and images from the production process.

Interviewees include:

  • Denise Cronenberg, Costume Designer
  • Stephan Dupuis, Makeup and Special Effects
  • Wayne Griffin, Sound Editor
  • Christopher Hampton, Screenwriter, A Dangerous Method
  • Jeremy Irons, Actor
  • Mark Irwin, Director of Photography
  • Viggo Mortensen, Actor
  • Michael O'Farrell, Sound Editor
  • Ronald Sanders, Editor
  • Howard Shore, Composer
  • Carol Spier, Production Designer
  • Peter Suschitzky, Director of Photography
  • Orest Sushko, Sound Mixer
  • Jeremy Thomas, Producer, Executive Producer

Full-length videos and transcripts of all interviews are filed with TIFF's Film Reference Library. Contact for further information or to book an appointment.


A frame from the exploding head sequence in Scanners. Scanners: Exploding Head     Sample of a storyboard for a scene in The Fly, with notes. The Fly: Production Design and Effects
Jeremy Irons on set with the crew of Dead Ringers. Dead Ringers: Filming     Beverly Mantle (Jeremy Irons) holds one of the gynechological instruments for operating on mutant women. Dead Ringers: Costuming
Instruments for operating on mutant women, props from Dead Ringers. Dead Ringers: Instruments     The once clinically clean Mantle apartment disintegrates into chaos. Dead Ringers: Sets
Author William S. Burroughs interacts with a mugwump on the set of Naked Lunch. Naked Lunch: Creatures     David Cronenberg smashing a bug on the set of Naked Lunch. Naked Lunch: Music
Set drawings of the Interzone Market for the film Naked Lunch. Naked Lunch: Sets     David Cronenberg and James Spader examine Rosanna Arquette's braces on the set of Crash Crash: Body Brace and Scars
A mechanized gamepod used as a prop in eXistenZ. eXistenZ: Bioports and Pods     A crew member with hanging silicone mutant amphibians. eXistenZ: A Virtual Reality
The final touches are put on a Gristle Gun prop. eXistenZ: Gristle Gun and Chinese Restaurant     Spider explores the mind of a mentally-disturbed man (Ralph Fiennes). Spider: Dressing Ralph Fiennes
Big-city thug Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) arrives in small town of Millbrook in this scene from A History of Violence. A History of Violence: Opening Scene     Image of the interior of the maquette of the Trans Siberian Restaurant set for Eastern Promises. Eastern Promises: Research
Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) undergoing procedure in this scene from A Dangerous Method. A Dangerous Method: Costuming     Dr. Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) converse in this scene from A Dangerous Method. A Dangerous Method: Working with Actors
Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein and Michael Fassbender as Dr. Carl Jung in Freud's office. A Dangerous Method: Music     Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) treats Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) in this scene from A Dangerous Method. A Dangerous Method: Research - Part 1
David Cronenberg directs Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in this behind-the-scenes image from A Dangerous Method. A Dangerous Method:
Research - Part 2
    An interior view of the limo set from Cosmopolis. Cosmopolis: The Limo