Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Co-Produced by Marco Mehlitz
Co-Produced by Martin Katz
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
Based on the stage play "The Talking Cure," by Christopher Hampton
Based on the book"A Most Dangerous Method," by John Kerr
Executive Producer Thomas Sterchi
Executive Producer Matthias Zimmermann
Executive Producer Karl Spoerri
Executive Producer Stephan Mallmann
Executive Producer Peter Watson
Associate Producer Richard Mansell
Associate Producer Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant
Director of Photography Peter Suschitzky, ASC
Production Designer James McAteer
Costumer Designer Denise Cronenberg
Music Composed and Adapted by Howard Shore
Supervising Sound Editor Wayne Griffin
Supervising Sound Editor Michael O'Farrell
Casting by Deirdre Bowen
David Cronenberg's body of work includes the following films as screenwriter and director; SHIVERS, RABID, FAST COMPANY, THE BROOD, SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, NAKED LUNCH, CRASH and eXistenZ. The films he has directed from screenplays by other writers are THE DEAD ZONE, M. BUTTERFLY, SPIDER, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, which he also produced and EASTERN PROMISES.
The Toronto native's films have won him awards and recognition worldwide. In June 2001, he received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto, and in 1990 France bestowed upon him the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, and then in 1997 the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2005, he was named a GQ "Man of the Year"; received the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival; was given the Billy Wilder Award by the National Board of Review; and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. In July 2006, he guest-curated the exhibition "Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964" for the Art Gallery of Toronto.
Retrospectives of Cronenberg's work have been held in Japan, the U.S., the U.K., France, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, and Canada. Books on Cronenberg and his films include The Shape of Rage – the Films of David Cronenberg, The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg, Cronenberg on Cronenberg and a collection of interviews published by Cahiers du Cinema.
Cronenberg studied at the University of Toronto, where he became interested in film and made two 16mm shorts, Transfer and From the Drain. His first films in 35mm were Stereo and Crimes of the Future, both shot in the late 1960s. In those works, he established and explored some of the themes and concerns that would characterize and define much of his later work – including violence and sexuality, reality and altered reality, and social satire and biological horror.
Cronenberg's first commercial feature was 1975's SHIVERS (a.k.a. THEY CAME FROM WITHIN or THE PARASITE MURDERS), which became one of the fastest-recouping movies in the history of Canadian film. Within a decade, he was making more ambitious films, such as VIDEODROME and THE DEAD ZONE, for major studios. The latter won three out of the five prizes at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival as well as seven Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations. His next films were THE FLY, a remake of the 1958 horror classic, which won the Academy Award® for Best Makeup; and DEAD RINGERS, starring Jeremy Irons, which earned Cronenberg the Best Director award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Cronenberg's NAKED LUNCH, adapted and reconceived from William S. Burroughs's novel and works, brought him the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Director, as well as that group and the New York Film Critics Circle's citations for Best Screenplay. The film also won eight Genie Awards (Canada's equivalent of the Academy Award®), including Best Picture and Best Director.
CRASH brought him a Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes International Film Festival, in addition to multiple Genie Awards; eXistenZ won the Silver Bear Award at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival; and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, starring his EASTERN PROMISES leading man Viggo Mortensen, received a host of accolades, including Best Director and Best Film on the Village Voice Film Critics Poll as well as two Academy Award® nominations.
Amongst his recent short films are CAMERA and AT THE SUICIDE OF THE LAST JEW IN THE WORLD IN THE LAST CINEMA IN THE WORLD. The latter was made for the Chacun son cinema collection of films commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival. Cronenberg starred in the latter short, but has also acted in a number of films for other directors as a way to reconnect with being part of a film shoot after the isolation of writing screenplays. His films as actor include Gus Van Sant's To Die For, Clive Barker's Nightbreed and Don McKellar's Last Night.
In 2008, Cronenberg directed a new opera based on his film THE FLY at Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet and the Los Angeles Opera. Howard Shore composed the music and David Henry Hwang wrote the libretto.
Cronenberg is currently in post-production on his next film COSMOPOLIS, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Sarah Gadon.
Cinema has always been a part of Jeremy Thomas' life. He was born in London into a filmmaking family with his father, Ralph, and uncle, Gerald, both directors. His childhood ambition was to work in cinema. As soon as he left school, Thomas started in the cutting rooms, working through the ranks on titles such as THE HARDER THEY COME and SINBAD to become a film editor for Ken Loach on A MISFORTUNE.
After editing Philippe Mora's BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME, Thomas produced his first film MAD DOG MORGAN in Australia in 1974. He then returned to England to produce Jerzy Skolimowski's THE SHOUT, which won the Grand Prix de Jury at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.
Thomas' films are all highly individual and his independence of spirit has paid off both artistically and commercially. His extensive output of over fifty films includes three films directed by Nicolas Roeg: BAD TIMING, EUREKA and INSIGNIFICANCE, Julien Temple's THE GREAT ROCK ‘N' ROLL SWINDLE, Nagisa Oshima's MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE, and THE HIT directed by Stephen Frears.
In 1986 Thomas produced Bernardo Bertolucci's epic THE LAST EMPEROR, an independently financed project that was three years in the making. A commercial and critical triumph, the film swept the board at the 1987 Academy Awards®, garnering an outstanding nine Oscars including ‘Best Picture'.
Thomas has since completed many films including Bertolucci's film of Paul Bowles' THE SHELTERING SKY, along with LITTLE BUDDHA and STEALING BEAUTY, Karel Reisz's film of Arthur Miller's screenplay EVERYBODY WINS, and David Cronenberg's films of William S. Burroughs' NAKED LUNCH and J.G. Ballard's CRASH. In 1997 Thomas directed ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS, starring John Hurt and Christian Bale, which screened in Official Selection at Cannes.
Recent credits include Jonathan Glazer's SEXY BEAST, Takeshi Kitano's BROTHER, Khyentse Norbu's THE CUP, Phillip Noyce's RABBIT-PROOF FENCE, David Mackenzie's film of Alexander Trocchi's YOUNG ADAM, Bernardo Bertolucci's THE DREAMERS, Wim Wenders' DON'T COME KNOCKING, Richard Linklater's FAST FOOD NATION, and Jon Amiel's CREATION, which opened the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
In 2010, Thomas premiered Jerzy Skolimowski's ESSENTIAL KILLING and Takashi Miike's 13 ASSASSINS at the Venice Film Festival, both of which he executive-produced. ESSENTIAL KILLING went on to win the Jury Prize, Best Actor and the Cinemavenniere Award, a triple win unprecedented in the Festival's history. Thomas' upcoming releases include David Cronenberg's A DANGEROUS METHOD, written by Christopher Hampton and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel. He also executive-produced Wim Wenders' 3D dance film PINA, which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. Thomas' latest film, Takashi Miike's HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the first 3D title to do so. He is currently in post-production on Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg's epic KON-TIKI.
Thomas produces films through Recorded Picture Company, which he founded in 1974, and remains principal of its respected international sales company HanWay Films. He was Chairman of the British Film Institute from 1992 until 1997, and was made a Life Fellow in 2000. Thomas has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world, including the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema from BAFTA, and Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema at the European Film Awards. 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. Thomas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Marco Mehlitz founded Lago Film in 2004. Based in Berlin, Lago Film specializes in the production and financing of international film productions. In addition, the company acts as a consultant and service producer to American, British and French film productions in Germany. In 2007 Mehlitz also started his US-based production outfit by establishing See Film, Inc. in Los Angeles. In 2010 Mehlitz also acquired Elbe Film, a company with financial resources able to provide gap financing and interim financing for selected international film productions.
Marco Mehlitz is presently CEO/MD and founding partner of Lago Film and See Film, as well as Managing Director of Elbe Film. As a film producer with over 15 years experience in the industry, he has a large international network in both film production and distribution at his disposal. Mehlitz is also a specialist in international film finance.
In addition to A DANGEROUS METHOD, Mehlitz also recently executive produced Istvan Szabo's THE DOOR starring Helen Mirren and Martina Gedeck, currently in post-production.
Before this, Mehlitz has produced the $50M co-production MR NOBODY by Jaco van Dormael (In Competition at Venice 2009, winner of the "Osella" award for Best Technical Contribution - Production Design and of the Biografilm Lancia Award - Fiction / Toronto International Film Fest 2009, in competition/ Sitges 2009, Best Make-Up). He also acted as one of the producers of PALERMO SHOOTING by Wim Wenders (Cannes 2008, in competition). In 2008, he completed Surveillance by Jennifer Lynch (Cannes 2008, official selection, out of competition and winner ‘Best Picture' at Sitges 2008). Other titles Mehlitz produced include UNDISCOVERED (2005), THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005), THE CAVE (2005), JUST FRIENDS (2005), THE WOODS (2005), THE FINAL CUT (2004) and CONFIDENCE (2003).
In previous engagements for various companies, Mehlitz was responsible for producing Michael Moore's BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002), THE VECTOR FILE (2002), WHERE ESKIMOS LIVE (2002), OZZIE (2001), MYTH QUEST (2001), CARTOUCHE – PRINCE OF THE STREETS (2001), LOVE THE HARD WAY (2001) and EISENSTEIN (2000), amongst others.
Raised and educated in Berlin and in the US, Marco Mehlitz holds degrees in Political Science, German Literature and in Media Consultancy. Before becoming a producer, he began his career in the theatre. Mehlitz is a member of the Producer's Guild of America, the European Film Academy and the German Film Academy. He has taught international film producing at the film schools of Berlin, Ludwigsburg, Copenhagen and Tel Aviv.
Martin Katz is President and founder of Prospero Pictures, a Toronto-based film production and finance company specializing in international co-productions.
Katz has produced or executive produced numerous award-winning feature film and television productions, notably the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® multi-nominated HOTEL RWANDA, written and directed by Terry George, David Cronenberg's award-winning SPIDER, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Bronwyn Hughes' STANDER, which the London Observer called "the greatest heist film since RESERVOIR DOGS."
One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, his productions include IT'S A BOY GIRL THING, a co-production with Elton John and David Furnish's Rocket Pictures, and Lord Richard Attenborough's CLOSING THE RING, starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Mischa Barton. He is also executive producer of the feature SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, based on the biography of General Romeo Dallaire, which was filmed entirely on location in Kigali. His 2007 feature film, INTERVENTION, starring Jennifer Tilly, Andie MacDowell and Rupert Graves received awards at the San Diego Film Festival for Best Picture and Best Actress for Jennifer Tilly.
Now in its second season, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... is a Gemini Award winning television series co-produced with Rocket Pictures for the Sundance Channel and CTV. It features some of the most renowned musical creators in performance and conversation with Elvis Costello, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed and Sting.
Fluently bilingual, Katz holds degrees in law from the Universities of Toronto and Paris and has served as professor of law at the French-language Université de Moncton and as Special Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Feature Film Committee of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
Christopher Hampton became involved in theatre while studying French and German at Oxford University, and wrote a play in his first year. Its production at The Royal Court was so successful that it transferred to the Comedy Theatre while he was still a student, making him the youngest writer ever to have a play performed in the West End, a record which still stands. Hampton said at the time that he hoped to become the oldest writer to have a play in the West End, an ambition he has yet to achieve.
Hampton's plays and musicals have so far garnered four Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics' Circle Award; prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writers' Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year, and The Collateral Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Literary Adaptation.
His works for the stage include plays The Talking Cure (based on John Kerr's A Most Dangerous Method), Embers (from the Sándor Márai novel), White Chameleon, The Age of the Fish (from Ödön von Horváth's novel), Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos), The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (from George Steiner's novella), Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Total Eclipse and When Did You Last See My Mother?; musicals Hollywood Boulevard and Dracula, The Musical (both with Don Black); libretti Appomattox and Waiting for the Barbarians, (both for composer Philip Glass); many translations of plays (by Chekhov, Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Yasmina Reza and others); and the translation of a German musical based on Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.
Hampton's screenplays include CHÉRI (from the novel by Colette), ATONEMENT (from the novel by Ian McEwan), IMAGINING ARGENTINA (which he also directed; based on the Lawrence Thornton novel), THE QUIET AMERICAN (from Graham Greene's novel), THE SECRET AGENT (from Joseph Conrad's novel, and which he also directed), MARY REILLY (from Valerie Martin's novel inspired by Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde), TOTAL ECLIPSE (from his play of the same name, and in which he also appeared), CARRINGTON (the first film he also directed), DANGEROUS LIAISONS (based on his play Les Liaisons Dangereuses), THE GOOD FATHER (from the novel by Peter Prince), THE HONORARY CONSUL (from Graham Greene's novel), TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS (from the von Horváth play) and A DOLL'S HOUSE (based on his translation of the play by Ibsen).
His television scripts include mini-series The Ginger Tree (from the novel by Oswald Wynd), Hôtel du Lac (from the Anita Brookner novel), The History Man (from Malcolm Bradbury's novel), and Able's Will.
A DANGEROUS METHOD marks Peter Suschitzky's ninth film with director David Cronenberg, four of which have won Mr. Suschitzky Genie Awards for Best Cinematography; DEAD RINGERS, NAKED LUNCH, CRASH and EASTERN PROMISES. Their other collaborations to date are A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, SPIDER, eXistenZ and M. BUTTERFLY.
The son of cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, Peter Suschitzky was born and raised in London. Although music was his passion, he decided that cinematography would become his profession. After studying his trade in Paris at IDHEC, he became a clapper boy at age 19 and a cameraman at 21, spending a year in South America shooting documentaries before shooting his first feature film at age 22 – making him the youngest cinematographer ever to lens a feature picture (Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's IT HAPPENED HERE) in Britain.
Since then, Suschitzky has worked with filmmakers all over the world as director of photography on such memorable movies as Irvin Kershner's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK; Jim Sharman's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW; and Peter Watkins's PRIVILEGE and THE PEACE GAME. In addition to David Cronenberg, Peter Suschitzky has enjoyed multiple collaborations with John Boorman (on LEO THE LAST and WHERE THE HEART IS, which earned him the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Cinematography) and Ken Russell (on LISZTOMANIA and VALENTINO, which earned him BAFTA and British Society of Cinematography Award nominations), among other directors.
Among the other notable films that he has shot are Albert Finney's CHARLIE BUBBLES; Ulu Grosbard's FALLING IN LOVE; Howard Franklin's THE PUBLIC EYE; George Sluizer's THE VANISHING (1993); Bernard Rose's IMMORTAL BELOVED; Tim Burton's MARS ATTACKS!; Randall Wallace's THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK; and Anand Tucker's SHOPGIRL.
Suschitzky is a keen stills photographer and had a show in Paris in 2010. He is currently planning a book.
McAteer is Canadian and studied Interior and Environmental Design at the Ontario College of Art. Joining ACFC (Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople) as a scenic artist and later joining IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), he worked for many years as a Key Scenic Artist. During this period, McAteer began doing retail store design, exhibition and event design and planning, moving to Montreal for several years where he became in involved in designing for theatre and small independent films.
Returning to Toronto, McAteer started designing sets for television commercials and began to acquire his numerous credits in television and film, beginning as a set designer on David Cronenberg's THE FLY and going on to collaborate with Carol Spier as art director on such films as NAKED LUNCH, DEAD RINGERS, M BUTTERFLY, HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and SILENT HILL. For television, McAteer has notably designed the popular series The Famous Jett Jackson and Rookie Blue, an ABC series.
A DANGEROUS METHOD is Ronald Sanders' fifteenth film for David Cronenberg. He previously edited EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, SPIDER, eXistenZ, CRASH, M. BUTTERFLY, NAKED LUNCH, DEAD RINGERS, THE FLY, THE DEAD ZONE, VIDEODROME, SCANNERS, FAST COMPANY, and the short CAMERA for the director.
Born in Winnipeg, Sanders was exposed to film at an early age since his father worked as a projectionist. After graduating with a B.A. from St. John's College, University of Manitoba, he moved to Toronto where he edited documentaries and began working on features as a sound editor.
Among his feature credits as editor are Henry Selick's CORALINE, Mark L. Lester's FIRESTARTER; Yves Simoneau's PERFECTLY NORMAL; Robert Longo''s JOHNNY MNEMONIC; and Anais Granofsky's THE LIMB SALESMAN. Forthcoming features include Robert Adetuyi's BEAT THE WORLD and Steven Silver's THE BANG BANG CLUB.
Sanders has also edited such notable telefilms as Norman Jewison's Dinner with Friends; Steven Hilliard Stern's The Park is Mine; Daniel Petrie Jr.'s Dead Silence; and Lamont Johnson's All the Winters That Have Been.
Denise Cronenberg began her career on stage as in the ballet. She moved from performing to fashion design, and then to film as a costume designer. The first feature film she designed was THE FLY, with her brother David Cronenberg. Since that time she has been the costume designer for all his films including NAKED LUNCH, DEAD RINGERS, M Butterly, CRASH, Existenz, SPIDER, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES. She has also designed the costumes for many other films, some of which are: MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO, MURDER AT 1600, DAWN OF THE DEAD, SHOOT ‘EM UP, A CAVEMEN'S VALENTINE, DEAD SILENCE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE.
She has been nominated five times for Best Achievement in Costume Design for the Canadian film awards, The Genie Awards.
Howard Shore has collaborated with David Cronenberg on a number of groundbreaking films. Their work together includes THE BROOD, SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS (for which Shore won a Genie Award), NAKED LUNCH, M. BUTTERFLY, CRASH, eXistenZ, the short CAMERA, SPIDER, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES (for which Shore won his second Genie Award).
Shore is among the most respected and active film composers and music conductors working today. He won three Academy Awards® for his work on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy; these were for THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE RETURN OF THE KING, and the song "Into the West." The trilogy also earned him four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe® Awards. Shore received his third Golden Globe® Award for his score for Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He has earned the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards' Henry Mancini Award; the National Board of Review's Career Achievement Award; the Hollywood Film Festival's Outstanding Achievement in Music in Film Award; the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award; the city of Vienna has honored him with the Max Steiner Award; he holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and York University and he is an Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres among other honors.
Shore began his career as a founding member of the group Lighthouse, with whom he recorded and toured from 1969 to 1972. He was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live and served as the music director conducting the show's live broadcasts from 1975 to 1980 and writing the show's theme. At the same time, he began his collaboration with David Cronenberg.
His many film scores include John Patrick Shanley's DOUBT, Martin Campbell's EDGE OF DARKNESS, David Slade's THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Martin Scorsese's THE DEPARTED, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK and AFTER HOURS; Tim Burton's ED WOOD; Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and PHILADELPHIA; David Fincher's PANIC ROOM, THE GAME, and SE7EN; Penny Marshall's BIG; and Chris Columbus's MRS. DOUBTFIRE. In 2008, Howard Shore's opera THE FLY premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang directed by David Cronenberg. His piano concerto Ruin and Memory written for Lang Lang premiered in Beijing, China on October 11, 2010.
Stephan Dupuis began working with David Cronenberg on SCANNERS. Their subsequent projects together include EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, SPIDER, eXistenz, CRASH, NAKED LUNCH and THE FLY, for which Dupuis was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won an Academy Award® (shared with Chris Walas).
He has earned three Emmy Award nominations, for his make-up on Ivan Passer's STALIN, starring Robert Duvall; Robert Dornhelm's RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY, starring James Woods; and Robert Allan Ackerman's THE REAGANS, starring James Brolin.
Among Dupuis' film credits are Wolfgang Petersen's ENEMY MINE; Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP and TOTAL RECALL; Steven Spielberg's INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE; Martin Scorsese's CAPE FEAR; Mel Gibson's THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE; Chris Columbus' MRS. DOUBTFIRE; George Clooney's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND; Niels Mueller's THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON; Francis Lawrence's I AM LEGEND; Steven Soderbergh's CHE: PART ONE; Gus Van Sant's MILK for which Sean Penn won the Academy Award® for Best Actor.
Self-taught, he began experimenting with foam latex make-up in his parents' basement in his native Montreal. While attending university, he was hired to assist the head make-up artist on Alvin Rakoff's City on Fire, and ultimately captained the FX make-up department on the project.
After graduating from Sir George Williams Campus with a Masters Degree in Cinema Fine Arts, his work was spotted by make-up artistry icon Dick Smith, who invited him to collaborate in New York. Dupuis next worked on the Academy Award®-winning make-up for Jean-Jacques Annaud's QUEST FOR FIRE, and teamed with Walas for Cronenberg's SCANNERS.
A DANGEROUS METHOD continues Carol Spier's long-time collaboration with David Cronenberg, which encompasses EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, eXistenz, CRASH, M. BUTTERFLY, NAKED LUNCH, DEAD RINGERS, THE FLY, THE DEAD ZONE, VIDEODROME, SCANNERS, THE BROOD, and FAST COMPANY as well as two television docudramas for the CBC's (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Scales of Justice and the short film CAMERA. She won Genie Awards for NAKED LUNCH and DEAD RINGERS, and was additionally nominated for The Brood, VIDEODROME, SCANNERS, eXistenZ and EASTERN PROMISES.
Spier is a native Canadian, and studied Interior Design at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture. She began her career as an interior designer in Winnipeg while also working as a set and costume designer with various theatre groups, including the Manitoba Theater Center. Spier's first movie work was on Leonard Yakir's THE MOURNING SUIT, on which she was set designer, set dresser, and prop master. She then worked as an assistant art director on several feature films, including Sidney Lumet's EQUUS, and was later art director on such films as Norman Jewison's AGNES OF GOD and John Schlesinger's THE BELIEVERS.
Her many film credits as production designer include John Boorman's WHERE THE HEART IS; Alan J. Pakula's CONSENTING ADULTS; John Pasquin's THE SANTA CLAUSE; Guillermo del Toro's BLADE II and MIMIC; Stephen Norrington's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN; and Christophe Gans' SILENT HILL.