Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Strange worlds of David Lynch film season at Dukes

Still from 'Wild at Heart'

The Dukes cinema is celebrating 25 years since the premieres of Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart with a special season of films directed by David Lynch.

The Strange Worlds Of David Lynch kicks off on April 8 with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (15) and continues with Eraserhead (18) on April 15; The Elephant Man (PG) on April 29; Blue Velvet (18) on May 6; Wild At Heart (18) on May 20 and concludes with Mulholland Drive (15) on May 27.

“All the movies are about strange worlds that you can’t go into unless you build them and film them,” said David Lynch. “That’s what’s so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds.”

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is a sort-of-prequel to the television series which launched on April 8, 1990 and it follows the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer. It features some great music with vocals by Julee Cruise - in 2011, NME placed the  soundtrack at number 1 on their list of the 50 Best Film soundtracks Ever, describing it as "combining plangent beauty with a kind of clanking evil jazz, this is one of those endlessly evocative soundtracks that takes up residence in your subconscious and never leaves." I agree.

Lynch’s first film, Eraserhead, is set in a nightmarish industrial wasteland where factory worker Henry Spencer becomes father to a hideously deformed baby whose crying drives him and his girlfriend to near insanity.

Newly knighted John Hurt gives a career-best performance in Lynch’s atmospheric Victorian drama, The Elephant Man, telling the true-life story of John Merrick.

Blue Velvet is an unforgettable sinister satire on American suburban life while Wild At Heart is Lynch’s controversial winner of the 1990 Palme d’Or at Cannes featuring a mix of extreme violence, mordant wit and laid-back, absurd humour. You're not in Kansas anymore.

The season ends with one of Lynch’s finest films – Mulholland Drive – acclaimed by Sight and Sound magazine as one of the 50 greatest films ever made.

Tickets for each film at the Lancaster cinema are priced £6.50/£5.50 concessions (a £1 per transaction fee applies to online bookings).

For more information or to book, call The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or online at http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/whats-on.

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