Not that showcasing the director’s work is a particularly new idea: in 2010 Battersea Arts Centre ran a Twin Peaks Weekender, showing every episode of the television drama back to back, while last year Riverside Studios in Hammersmith ran a Lynch Film Day, screening three of his best films; at the time we were unimpressed by the decision to show Mulholland Dr. on DVD.
Happily Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece is included in the BFI season in glorious 35mm, alongside his eight other feature films, ranging from Eraserhead (1977) through to Inland Empire (2005), and a collection of his early shorts. Of particular interest to Londoners would normally be The Elephant Man (1980), Lynch’s version of the familiar Joseph Merrick story, set and filmed in various locations around the capital, but it’s only screening one more (having already been shown on Thursday) and it’s already sold out.
True aficionados might enjoy Time Out’s list of the Top 50 Lynch characters.
David Lynch: A Reputation Precedes…. is at BFI Southbank until the end of February.