Fast Company (1979 film)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Fast Company is a 1979 film by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It was written by Phil Savath, Courtney Smith, Alan Treen and Cronenberg, and stars William Smith, John Saxon, Claudia Jennings and Nicholas Campbell. The film was primarily filmed at Edmonton International Speedway, in addition to other locations in Edmonton, Alberta and western Canada.
Fast Company is the story of a dragster racing driver (Smith) and his villainous manager (Saxon). The first of his features for which Cronenberg did not originate the screenplay, Fast Company brought Cronenberg into contact with cinematographer Mark Irwin, art director Carol Spier, sound editor Bryan Day, and film editor Ronald Sanders, all of whom became regular crew members on his films. Actor Nicholas Campbell, who plays William Smith's young sidekick, also went on to appear in three more Cronenberg films, The Brood, The Dead Zone and Naked Lunch.