WHO IS DAVID LYNCH?
• Born on January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana. He spent his childhood
travelling throughout the Northwest and from an early age he had become
interested in painting and drawing wanting to pursue it as a career.
• Originally planning to be an artist, Lynch attended Corcoran School of The Boston
School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
• While attending PAFA he became more interested in filmmaking and photography
and there he created his first short film which he entered a competition where he
won first prize. This got him valuable exposure as he was given prize money and
then commissioned to create more films.
• Whilst studying Lynch struggled to support his family and other costs, therefore
he moved to a inexpensive neighborhood of high crime and poverty rates "We
lived cheap, … the fear was so intense. There was violence and hate and filth.
But the biggest influence in my whole life was that city."
HIS STYLE/ RECURRING THEMES IN HIS WORK
I. Dreamlike state / Visions
I. Non-linear storyline + complex plot
I. Dark & odd characters
I. Lynch's loyalty to actors – Actors like Kyle MacLachlan and
I. Heavy imagery and symbolism
MULHOLLAND DR. 2001
About an actress who moves to LA and befriends a woman who
broke into her aunt’s house and has amnesia (memory loss)
because of a car wreck . It includes many subplots that seem
unrelated but eventually connect in various ways as the women
search for clues and answers across LA in a strange and
‘Narrative twists until the
My Favorite scene:
BLUE VELVET 1986
A mystery-thriller about a college student who happens to stumble
upon a human ear in a field. He decides to investigate after police prove
ineffective and ends up uncovering dark secrets underneath his
hometown’s picture-perfect appearance and he is soon drawn into a
Like most I didn’t actually initially like the film’s plot and overuse of
strange sexual and violent scenes, however I found the subtle use of
symbolism showing the themes of the "disease" lying just under the
surface of the small town very impressive.
The most consistent symbolism in
the film is an insect motif.
TWIN PEAKS 1990-1991
A drama series set in a small Washington town where a popular high
school student is murdered. An FBI agent is called in to investigate the
murder and eventually uncovers the many secrets of the towns
During the second season the ABC network clashed with Lynch about
revealing the killer. Lynch wanted it to remain a mystery until the end of
the series or else the show would be pointless. However, the network
went ahead with revealing the identity of the killer which made Lynch
lose interest in the show.
and starred in
episodes as an