David Lynch Film Season
David Lynch erupted onto the cinema landscape in 1977 with Eraserhead, establishing himself as one of the most original, imaginative and truly personal directors at work in contemporary film. Over the course of a career that includes such films as The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and Inland Empire, Lynch has remained true to an artistic vision of innocence lost or adrift in the direst states of darkness and confusion. Nobody else sees the world quite as David Lynch does – and once seen, his films are never forgotten, and the world around us doesn’t seem quite as it did before.
This extensive season spans the many high points of Lynch’s unique oeuvre, from his earliest forays into short filmmaking to the seminal TV series Twin Peaks. Following MIF19, the season continues until 29 September at HOME with films directed by Lynch and work he has cited as an inspiration.
Tickets for all films in the David Lynch film season are available through HOME – to book online now, visit homemcr.org/lynch-film-season
Sat 6 July, 4pm – David Lynch Shorts Programme
Industrial Soundscape (2008) / Bug Crawls (2008) / Lumière (1995) / Six Men Getting Sick (1966) / The Alphabet (1968) / The Grandmother (1970) / The Amputee (1974)
This selection of shorter works illustrates the director’s restless creativity, the breadth of his imagination and his ability to unsettle.
Sun 7 July, 1pm – Twin Peaks: series 3, episodes 1 & 2
More than a quarter of a century after its debut, series three of David Lynch’s show is just as baffling, mystical and occasionally deranged… only now there’s a new crime to solve. Forget Laura Palmer – who killed Ruth Davenport?
Sun 7 July, 3.30pm – Talk: I’ll See You in My Dreams
The return of Twin Peaks after more than a 25-year absence from television screens was a major event, and one capable of provoking reflection on the medium itself. In this talk, Dr Kirsty Fairclough from the University of Salford will examine the phenomenon that is the world of Twin Peaks.
Sun 7 July, 4.45pm – Twin Peaks: series 3, episode 8
In a brave and groundbreaking hour of television, Lynch takes the viewer on an incredible journey. Guaranteed to blow your mind.
Sun 7 July, 8.20pm – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me + introduction
Reviled on release, this film has undergone a huge critical reappraisal and is now seen as one of Lynch’s most satisfying if complex works. Refusing to offer comfort or easy answers to life’s horrors, it features a memorable contribution from David Bowie. Introduced by Bren O’Callaghan, Curator at HOME.
Sat 13 July, 6.10pm – David Lynch: The Art Life
Illuminating Lynch’s own art, music and films while shining a light on his unique world and journey from small-town America to art school in Philadelphia, this documentary offers audiences a greater understanding of both the man and the artist.
Sun 14 July, 1.30pm – Meditation, Creativity, Peace (CTBA) + introduction
This documentary is an exhilarating, inspiring round-up of questions and answers from David Lynch’s European and Middle East tours of 2007-2009, when he visited 16 countries to meet film students, receive national awards, launch university projects and describe the extraordinary benefits for creativity and peace to be gained through Transcendental Meditation. Introduced by David Hughes, Transcendental Meditation teacher who works with the David Lynch Foundation UK, which funds Transcendental Meditation courses for at-risk groups.
Sun 14 July, 3.20pm – The Elephant Man
Lynch’s monochrome homage to 19th-century urban gothic tells the tale of Joseph Merrick, exhibited as a ‘freak’ in Victorian London. With breathtaking cinematography and an outstanding performance by John Hurt, The Elephant Man raises interesting questions about society’s casting off of those perceived as different, the human body and the ethics of societies.
SEASON CONTINUES AFTER MIF19 UNTIL SUN 29 SEP
Directed by David Lynch
Fri 16 Aug, 8.40pm – Eraserhead
Sat 17 Aug, 5.30pm – Dune
Sun 18 Aug & Wed 21 Aug, 1pm; Tue 20 Aug, 8.15pm – Blue Velvet
Mon 18 Aug, 8.15pm – Wild at Heart
Thur 22 Aug, 5.45pm – Lost Highway
Fri 23 Aug, 6pm – The Straight Story
Sat 24 Aug, 8pm – Mulholland Drive
Sun 25 Aug, 2pm – Inland Empire
David Lynch’s True Favourites
Fri 13 Sept, 8.40pm – The Wizard of Oz
Sun 15 & Wed 18 Sept, 1pm; Tue 17 Sept, 8.30pm – Sunset Boulevard
Thur 19 Sept, 5.50pm – A Place in the Sun
Fri 20 Sept, 8.20pm – Mon Oncle
Mon 23 Sept, 8pm – 8½
Wed 25 Sept, 8.10pm – In Cold Blood
Fri 27 Sept, 6.10pm – Stroszek
Sun 29 Sept, 4pm – The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä)