It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of David Lynch‘s film career at this point. Outside the occasional fashion ad, music video or (admittedly pretty awesome) short film, the guy doesn’t now fall back to the movie camera as his primary creative device.
But there are signs that he’s not done with film yet. One is the revelation that he’s working on a new feature script. And the other is that his occasional acting resume will be bolstered with an appearance in the new film from his daughter, Jennifer Lynch. Read More »
Documentaries about film production can be very difficult resist. A film in progress — especially one with a low budget or constrained schedule — can be a pressure cooker in which problems pile up and create a living hell for all involved. There’s a lurid appeal to watching people attempt to control forces that threaten to spin wildly out of control, whether the film that results is any good or not.
The production of films like Apocalypse Now, Fitzcarraldo, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and The Boondock Saints have all been documented in compelling documentary form. (In Hearts of Darkness, Burden of Dreams, Lost in La Mancha, and Overnight, respectively.)
It is unlikely that Jennifer Lynch‘s third film, a strange fairy tale called Hisss, will ever be held in anything close to the regard of any of the movies mentioned above. (Even the divisive Boondock Saints.) Hisss didn’t get much attention upon release, and most of the attention it did get was not positive. Now the documentary Despite the Gods seeks to chronicle the making of the film — a story shot in India, about “a snake that turns into a woman who turns into a snake.” The trailer for the doc is below, and the view it offers on the film’s production is not very pretty. Read More »
Jennifer Lynch, David’s daughter, is arguably the inspiration for the baby in Eraserhead. How do you think that makes her feel?
She’s also the director of Boxing Helena, and the upcoming Surveillance and Hisss. Where Boxing Helena is widely reviled, Surveillance has been receiving mixed advanced word, and snake woman horror film Hisss has a lot of folks’ curiosity piqued. She could be on an upwards curve.
The UK trailer for Surveillance has just been launched, ahead of the film’s March 6th release. That puts it up against Watchmen which is an odd move, to say the least. It’s hardly Travelling Pants style counter programming. Said trailer is after the break – I believe it’s the first trailer for the film for an English speaking territory.
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