Retrospective | David Lynch

Retrospective | David Lynch

Jean Cocteau used to say that the cinema is where we go to dream together and no director in history has pulled this off quite like David Lynch. From his debut feature, Eraserhead, in 1977, to this year’s much-talked-about Twin Peaks re-union, Lynch has been mastering the art of rendering dreams – and nightmares on screen. His resume covers many genres – from TV soap opera (Twin Peaks) to road movies (Wild At Heart), Hollywood Noir (Mulhollland Drive) to detective romance (Blue Velvet). But in every case, the result is unmistakably Lynch, a striking mix of European avant-garde, folksy Americana and sheer inexplicable weirdness that is all the director’s own.

Mulholland Drive
Lost Highway
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Wild At Heart
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
Blue Velvet
Inland Empire

Mulholland Drive

Screening – 10.07.17 – 9:45pm Tickets: SOLD OUT
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Reality, dream, or dream-within-a-dream? A savage satire of the entertainment industry or a film noir for the 21st century? The enduring appeal of ‘Mulholland Drive’ is probably due to the fact that, more than any other Lynch fim, it refuses to be reconciled, or to be definitively explained away. Hollywood wannabe Betty Elms, finds a woman hiding in her apartment who has no idea who she is. Together, they set about trying to discover Rita’s indentity, while a parallel story, in which director Adam Kesher struggles to retain creative control of a fifties genre movie he’s working on, also plays itself out. But ‘Mulholland Drive’ is no more ‘about’ any of these things than Eraserhead is ‘about’ a man named Henry having a baby. Featuring an extraordinary perfomance by Naomi Watts as Betty, and a haunting score by Lynch’s court composer Angelo Badalamenti, Mulholland Drive is a mystery without end, which is just the way Lynch likes them.

Eraserhead – Screening – Thursday 29.06.17 – 8:30pm – Tickets:

Industrial symphonies in old factories, grotesque horrors in suburban homes, songs in the radiator, curtains and zig-zag floors and too-tall hair. Today, Eraserhead looks like a catalogue of Lynch obsessions to come, an overture for a weird career. When the film was released in 1977, it’s fair to say it took viewers by surprise. Eraserhead marks the first appearance of Lynch stalwart Jack Nance (later to reappear as Pete in Twin Peaks) as Henry, the unprepared father of a monster baby, and features the unprecedented sound design of Alan Splet, the first in a long line of striking Lynch soundtracks.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me –

Screening – Thursday 06.07.17 – 9:45pm Tickets:

Perhaps the most misunderstood film of Lynch’s career, ‘Fire walk With Me’ was conceived as a prequel to Lynch’s wildly popular, Twin Peaks. But viewers expecting more of the folksy charm of the TV series, with its heavenly pies and eccentric locals, were put off by the much darker tone of ‘Fire Walk With Me’. In the years since, the film has become a cult in its own right, with some sequences: including David Bowie’s extraordinary cameo as agent Philipp Jeffries, Leland and Laura’s confrontation with the one-armed man at a traffic intersection, and the ‘Pink Room’ being judged among Lynch’s best.


Lost Highway – Screening – Monday 24.07 – 8:30pm                                                           Tickets:

Inspired by TV coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, ‘Lost Highway’ is a film in two parts. The first concerns a couple called Fred and Renee, who begin receiving strange videotapes in the mail, eerie shots of empty rooms soundtracked by buzzing drones (created in reality by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor). The second follows a hapless suburban kid named Pete, who becomes romantically involved with Alice, the girlfriend of local gangster Mr Eddy, and whose life quickly goes haywire. But because this is a David Lynch film, Alice is also Renee, Pete may in fact be Fred, and the man who shot the videos may be a visitor from another dimension.

Wild At Heart – Summer Open Air Screenings Coming Soon

Long before Nicolas Cage became the butt of an internet joke, he co-starred with Laura Dern in this, a bizarro-world re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz adapted from a story by frequent Lynch collaborator Barry Gifford. Wild At Heart is a surreal, grotesque road movie populated by some of Lynch’s most disturbing character creations (including Willem Dafoe as the terrifying Bobby Peru and Diane Ladd as Marietta Fortune). At the same time, it’s a love story, perhaps the purest one he’s ever directed, in which Lula (Dern) and Sailor’s (Cage) love ultimately triumphs over a world that’s “wild at heart and weird on top”.

Blue Velvet – Screening – Thursday 18.05 – 9:30pm                                                                   Tickets:

At the height of Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’, a vision of the future as a return to the 1950s, Lynch delivered Blue Velvet, a simultaneous love-letter to, and savage satire of suburban life in the 1980s. In Blue Velvet, two worlds co-exist; the suburban idyll of Lumberton, with its white picket-fences and cheerful neighbours, epitomised by Laura Dern’s Sandy; and the underworld where Frank Booth terrorises nightclub singer Dorothy Valens and holds court with a gaggle of sinister weirdos. When local kid Jeffrey Beaumont finds a severed ear on the ground, he crosses from the first world to the second. Will he ever get back? Does he even want to? Featuring career-defining performances from Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet cemented Lynch’s reputation as an explorer of suburban psychogeography.

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces – Screening – Thursday 27.04 – 9pm                                       Tickets:

The Missing Pieces is a collection of never-before-seen scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the divisive prequel to the television series Twin Peaks. This feature length edit, put together by David Lynch himself, is almost like a second Twin Peaks movie. It is a chance to get some new scenes with beloved characters from the show, starts to explain some of what David Lynch was going for with the movie, and even has some scenes taking place after the end of the TV show.