David Lynch Makes it Personal in His New Documentary

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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