Iconic Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is auctioning his 1-minute film as an NFT. The director, known for his body-horror movies, has both written the movie and stars in it. His daughter, Caitlin, shot and produced the film.
Called ‘The Death of David Cronenberg,’ the NFT is up for auction on SuperRare. Currently, the highest bid – from the Italian art duo Hackatao – is at 16 ETH or around $55,000 (at the time of writing). The auction will close on Wednesday, September 22.
David Cronenberg’s NFT explained
David Cronenberg’s NFT movie is disturbing, to say the least. However, that’s not surprising given the movies he has previously created, which often centered around technology and infection, among others.
In ‘The Death of David Cronenberg,’ Cronenberg kisses…erm…a dead version of himself. For this, he has used a life-size prosthetic of his corpse. Interestingly, Black Spot FX’s special effect team had created the corpse for the SLASHER series. This year, while discussing an NFT project with his daughter, Cronenberg decided to borrow the corpse from Black Spot FX.
“I think contemplating your own death, whether you are religious or not, is a difficult thing,” Cronenberg was quoted by SuperRare. “The Death of David Cronenberg’ is an opportunity to face-off with existential dread, a chance to address the question, “I’m almost 80, what do I do about that?”.
The rise of movie NFTs
As NFTs make their way across mainstream industries, they seem to have made a mark in the movie industry. In recent months, we have seen many movies and short films being released as NFTs.
Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins, for instance, announced in July that he will premier his next feature film “Zero Contact” as an NFT. Auction house Sotheby’s, meanwhile, will auction film NFTs featuring unseen clips of Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In The Mood For Love’ next month.