Genesis Cinema has announced a new David Lynch season called, appropriately enough, SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH. As well as some great films, there’s a transcendental collab with the David Lynch Foundation. Here’s all you need to know.
By RADIANT CIRCUS
The East End’s historic Genesis Cinema has announced a new David Lynch season called, appropriately enough, SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH (02 to 25 APR 2019). As well as some great films, there’s a unique collab with the David Lynch Foundation which gives added value in the form of a free screening and discussion: MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE. This 2012 documentary is an account of Lynch’s European and Middle East tours between 2007 and 2009 when he visited 16 countries promoting “the extraordinary benefits for creativity and peace to be gained by transcending thought with Transcendental Meditation” (IMDb).
Elsewhere in the programme, Genesis’s stable of regular collaborators offers great supporting action. DUNE (1984) is presented by Truman’s Brewery (giving you a pint of your choice with your ticket for just £5.50) and THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980) projects with an introduction by Nick Walker from Rochester Kino under the guise of the Cult Classic Collective (hang around for chat about the film in the bar afterwards with Nick and your new weirdo friends).
From a RADIANT CIRCUS perspective, we’d put a vote in for DUNE. Now, it’s widely criticised for being incomprehensible (it’s a walk in the park compared to INLAND EMPIRE…), and the director famously doesn’t like what happened to it, but we feel Lynch’s world-building has never been so epic. The opulent sets and costumes are unrivalled in these CGI times, there’s a ridiculous level of creativity in the VFX (including those by E.T.’s dad, Carlo Rambaldi), and that score by Toto (with a pinch of Brian Eno) propels it to another level. Ok, so Sting in a jockstrap might be too much for some, but every aspect of Lynch’s trademark vision is here. We encourage you to give it a go on the big screen where it always looks and sounds stunning. And if you haven’t done so, read Ed Naha’s account of how the film was made amidst the chaos and craftsmanship of Mexico’s film industry to drop your jaw.
SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH screens at Genesis Cinema (02 APR to 02 MAY 2019).
BLUE VELVET d. David Lynch, 1986 (02 APR 18:20).
DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 presented by Trumans (02 APR 21:00 + a beverage for £5.50).
DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE d. Rick Barnes & Olivia Neergaard-Holm, 2016 (04 APR 18:40).
David Lynch In Music & In Short music video & short film bar screening (11 APR 18:00 – FREE!/Booking Recommended).
MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE (2012) + Q&A with Transcendental Meditation expert Carla Barkers (16 APR 19:00 – FREE!/Booking Recommended).
MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (16 APR 21:00).
INLAND EMPIRE d. David Lynch, 2006 (18 APR 21:00).
LOST HIGHWAY d. David Lynch, 1997 (23 APR 21:00).
WILD AT HEART d. David Lynch, 1990 (24 APR 18:20).
THE ELEPHANT MAN d. David Lynch, 1980 presented by Cult Classic Collective including an INTRO + post-screening SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino (02 MAY 18:25).
And that’s the meat of it…
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