How and where did you first become familiar with David Lynch's work?
I first discovered David Lynch through falling asleep to a screening of his debut feature film 'Eraserhead' at London's Riverside Studios. I remember the opening scene, then some kind of furry-faced woman dancing on falling wormlike foetuses, and the closing credits. He was just another in a long line of great directors who had sung me to sleep. Of course, it was really the smack, but not always. I think I was around 25 then.
Over the following years I caught bits and pieces of his newer films, but it was not until I came to france and had a dope free period that I really became familiar with him. In that period I fell in love with film. It acted as my escape and there was no better escape than David Lynch.
I think I saw Wild at heart, Lost Highway, Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive, Twin peaks (series), Twin peaks (film), Blue Velvet, Dune, The Straight Story, Inland Empire – in that order.
Then of course I separated what I considered his great films and watched them multiple times over. At 2pm I'd pull the curtains down on the day, close the world, and sink off into Lynch's universe... a universe that became mine just as much as his.
Explain to us a little of what Lynch's art does, the process of understanding his films, and why they mean so much to you?
Firstly, I don't think you can understand a David Lynch film, at least not past it's very simple pretext: a man doesn't love his wife (Lost Highway); A woman loves another woman (Mulholland Drive). I think anyone who tries to make complete sense out of, or intellectualize Lynch's films are wasting their time. David Lynch is an artist that goes past intellect. His is an intuitive art; you feel it – often reciprocating the actors emotions, before they have even acted them out. It is an experience.
So Lynch does that to me, he sucks me in to his chamber.
In Wild at Heart there is a scene where Sailor finds Lulu in a hotel room and there is a lumpy yellow vomit on the floor... Just sitting there. You can smell it. A beautiful young girl, clean, and vomit on the floor – it kind of doesn't make sense. But in that moment something really strange takes place and all of a sudden you are in Lynch's world.
And it works like that. There are always entry points to Lynch's show. He brings you in intentionally. It is not chance.
A camera crawls along a lawn, or zooms into an ear canal. The screen goes completely black. When the picture resumes someone is saying something normal in a really strange way, like they are acting badly or speaking words that do not quite fit their lips. And we're back. Music drifting in, and the world suddenly seems dreamlike and melancholic and scary and dangerous. It is not wonderland where Lynch takes us, but somewhere else. A place where we meet our own fears and complexes, a place where strong men break down and cry for absolutely no reason. And we never know why. All we know is we did. There really are no answers to great art.
Ok, you've kind of badly answered your own question, so here's one you can completely revel in: What is your favourite David Lynch scene, movie and episode of Twin Peaks? That's actually not one but three questions, please answer them all.
My favourite scene is Club Silencio/Llorando from Mulholland Drive. This scene is not only my favourite Lynch Scene, but my favourite scene of all time. It brings me to tears and almost leaves me paining for some reason I cannot explain. It feels like my past, present and tomorrow all merged into one. The hopelessness of the future sung out and echoed through time. But it's beautiful. You can watch it below.
(Silencio/Llorando works much better in the context of the movie. Nevertheless, as a three minute clip on Youtube, it's still an hypnotic piece of film.)
My favourite David Lynch film is either Wild at heart or Mulholland Drive. I can't quite decide.
My favourite Twin Peaks episode: No.14: Lonely Souls. For me it is one of Lynch's great pieces. There are scenes in there that will break you in two.
Finally, and just to force you to end on a negative note (maybe), are there any David Lynch films which are not Master pieces?
Oh, there are – three of them. And I'll go even further: of the three there is one that is absolute shit.
The shit film is Dune, which is not even worth watching. The other two are: Elephant Man and The Straight Story. Those two are both well worth watching, but would never have built him a legacy. The three I class as his money films, commercial endeavours he took to fund his real projects.
Ok, well that's it I suppose. Unless you've anything else to add I'm afraid you're going to end on a minus sign. Can you change that?
Sure, I think so. You wouldn't have asked me otherwise.
I WOULDN'T FUCK HITCHCOCK BUT I 'D FUCK DAVID LYNCH.
A lot of interesting Lynch stuff here. Collected interviews a treasure trove.