David Lynch Makes it Personal in His New Documentary

David Lynch Makes it Personal in His New Documentary

Get intimate with David Lynch in his new documentary, ‘David Lynch: The Art Life,' unveiling at the London Film Festival this October.

Get intimate with David Lynch in his new documentary, ‘David Lynch: The Art Life,' unveiling at the London Film Festival this October.

Text: Kate Ramsay

Known for his iconic work in film—Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead, to name a few—David Lynch is ready to turn the lens around.

The documentary, directed by Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, and Rick Barnes, premieres next month at the London Film Festival. It takes an overarching look at Lynch’s artistic transition from his school days up to his break-out film, Eraserhead. In an emotional turn of events, Lynch narrates the full length of the film in a stream-of-conscious slew of wisdom, sharing the humanity behind the madness with viewers. Naturally, personal revelations pop up, like the fact that the director's true first art-form love was painting.

The heart of the film emphasizes an almost symbiotic relationship between personal experience and art. “Every time you do something like a painting…the past can conjure those ideas and color them,” Lynch believes. Lynch also reveals some in-depth, somewhat traumatizing, but shaping, moments of his life that inspired memorable scenes from his movies.

His artistic dreams began early. Lynch’s recalls time drawing with mud in place of a coloring book because his mother had banned them, allowing his work to be instigated by his own creativity instead of guided by a preset image. His first attempts in the art world–in the words of Lynch–“sucked."

Watch the trailer below.

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