Wild At Heart: David Lynch Film Course

10th March 2017


"If cinema is a drug, then in the special section of its pharmacological spectrum reserved for the hallucinogens, sit the movies of David Lynch" – Indiewire.

David Lynch’s reputation as the King of Cult rests on just ten films plus a handful of shorts, music, paintings, and, of course, the monumental TV show Twin Peaks (which returns for its third season this year). In this four-week course at City Screen York, Starburst writer Jon Towlson will take a peek into the weird world of modern cinema’s greatest visionary. The course provides an in-depth look at Lynch’s filmography, from early short The Grandmother (1970) to his avant-garde feature debut Eraserhead (1976), the dark and surreal masterpiece Blue Velvet (1986), and later works like Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006).

Then there are the road movies: love ‘n’ bullets epic Wild at Heart (1990), neo-noir Lost Highway (1997) and lawnmower odyssey The Straight Story (1999). And last but not least, the terrifying Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) (not forgetting The Elephant Man [1980] and Dune [1984]). So strap in tight - it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

Each session includes a presentation/lecture followed by a tutorial where discussion is encouraged. Advance viewing is optional: select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions. Course tutor Jon Towlson is a film critic for Starburst Magazine and the author of Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present (McFarland, 2014); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Constellations) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936 (McFarland, 2016)

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