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Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg | 1991 | 115 MINS
Cult of Cinema

In association with the Oxmarket Gallery’s ‘Burn Burn Burn: the Beats light up the Ox’ exhibition (2-14 Apr), and as a perfect selection for our second ‘Cult of Cinema’ presentation, we bring you David Cronenberg’s legendary take on William S. Burrough’s “unfilmable” novel.

FROM 25 Apr

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Thu 25 Apr

In Detail

Blank-faced bug killer Bill Lee (Peter Weller) and his dead-eyed wife, Joan (Judy Davis), like to get high on Bill's pest poisons while lounging with Beat poet pals.

After meeting the devilish Dr. Benway (Roy Scheider), Bill gets a drug made from a centipede.

Upon indulging, he accidentally kills Joan, takes orders from his typewriter-turned-cockroach, ends up in a constantly mutating Mediterranean city and learns that his hip friends have published his work - which he doesn't remember writing.

Cronenberg's stylistically ambitious interpretation of William S. Burroughs's twisted genius may even inspire you to pick up the book. Wild cinema from even wilder source material.

The Oxmarket exhibition explores the ways in which the 'core' creatives of the Beat Generation (Burroughs, Kerouac, Ginsberg et al) frequently engaged with other creative forms, such as drawing, art, performance, music, photography and film.

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