David Lynch: The Art Life
Directors: Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes
Cast: David Lynch
Country of Origin: Denmark-USA 2016 90 mins. (15)
Nominations: Venezia Classici Award for Best Documentary on Cinema
Released by Thunderbird Releasing
Not known for face-to-face interviews, it's a rare treat to have an intimate portrait of the enigmatic director David Lynch whose unique 'Lynchian ' style has graced 'Eraserhead' (1977), 'The Elephant Man' (1980), 'Blue Velvet' (1986), 'Wild At Heart' (1990), 'Mullholland Drive' (2001) and 'Twin Peaks' (1990-91, 2017).
Shot in his studio in the Hollywood Hills, with his young daughter Lula as company and narrated by Lynch, he offers a first hand reflection of his suburban idyllic childhood in Idaho, the anxieties and fears of his formative years, the LA sun replacing the dark streets of Philadelphia, moments that 'sucks your happiness away and fills you with sadness and fear,' and the individuals who shaped Lynch's creative urges artistic imagination. Lynchian images on canvas pepper the screen, as the camera closely observes his creative process. 'The past colours ideas' - a childhood memory of a naked, blood covered woman stumbling through a suburban street hint at the bizarre and the surreal as the documentary leads towards Lynch's move into film and 'Eraserhead.' Supported by home movies, still images, archive footage and art works, this fascinating portrait of the artist, wrapped in a Lynchian sound track is a must for fans.