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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 ManBlue VelvetWild at HeartLost 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 –

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)

 

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