Teaser Debut: Upstream Colour

After eight years of waiting, we finally get our first look at Primer director Shane Carruth’s second feature film, and it’s as weird and obtuse as we expected.


“I have to apologise. I was born with a disfigurement where my head is made with the same material as the sun.”

After making one of the most impressive, complex, and ingenious science fiction films from the last 25 years, Carruth spent the better part of the last decade trying to get a second project into production. It’s been a long time coming, and with enormous expectations we finally get a look at his second feature, Upstream Colour, set to premiere at Sundance in January.

The teaser is pretty conservative, giving very little away apart from a general impression that the film will have a far more polished visual palette than his first microbudget feature. The official plot synopsis is just as ambiguous, succinctly describing the film as about “a man and woman who are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.”

At this stage it’s just really exciting to anticipate whether this film will be a glorious mess, a pretentious trudge, or a genuinely crazy sci-fi mind-melt.

Either way, with Carruth’s pedigree it is easily one of the most anticipated genre titles of 2013.

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