From Godard's Breathless to Clark's Kids, Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs to Anderson's Bottle Rocket, our DVD shelves are littered with examples of directors showing that the first time can be the right time. Casting his eye over 2013, Tom Seymour shares five of the finest, fully formed debuts from the last twelve months.
Whatever bug bit David Cronenberg was passed on to his son Brandon, who debuted with a sterile, bleak, discursively compelling thriller about the cult and fetish of celebrity. Set in a near future, Antiviral’s antihero is Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones), who gives adoring fans the illnesses of their idols, before contracting one himself from the sublimely remote Sarah Gadon. Brandon has taken the Daddy-baiters head-on by cleaving closely to his old man’s themes and aesthetic. Of course he’s my influence, he seems to be saying. Yet there’s a hard assertion of independence here, a consciously confrontational address; even as bows at the altar of his iconic father, he is attacking our willingness to create icons before tearing them down.