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David Cronenberg to narrate HBO organ trafficking doc

The director of A History of Violence, Cosmopolis and cult classic Videodrome will narrate the Associated Producers project about the shadowy world of black market organ trafficking.
November 15, 2012

David Cronenberg is used to making big screen monsters out of body parts.

So it’s fitting the Canadian director is to narrate an investigative documentary on organ trafficking for HBO from Toronto-based indie producer Associated Producers.

Tales from the Organ Trade, which probes the shadowy world of black market organ trafficking, was written and directed by Ric Esther Bienstock, who has also made a documentary about human trafficking (Sex Slaves).

“His (Cronenberg’s) ideas often make us feel uncomfortable,” said Bienstock. “We loved the idea of having him narrate the documentary, as a nod to this idea of intelligent discomfort. It’s a coup for us that he agreed to narrate our film.”

Tales from the Organ Trade will also air on Global Television and Canal D.

(From Playback Daily)

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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