David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) Sunday, 05 April 2020

David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Coffee, cigarettes, painting.

  • Starring:

    David Lynch

  • Directed by:

    Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    Artistic images and representations of blood, guns and knives,  faces displaced or removed, dog baring teeth, decapitated heads, shot/bloody chest, children holding guns, derelict neighbourhoods, dismembered fish. Toy cowboys and Indians with weapons. Stories of racial hatred, woman saying they will "f-ing kill ya" to a child. Making own guns, playing war, arguments with father, bullying, snubbing, falling out with friends mentioned. Reference to troubling anecdotes: "Mr Smith...I can't talk about this", living in fear, living in hell. Blood/gore: Bloody art images. Blood being poured down doll's decapitated head, cutting up meat, mounted deer head. Stories of naked woman with bloody mouth, punching pin into bug, creating art resembling animal remains, going to morgue and sitting among dead bodies, art experiments (dead birds/mouse in plastic/decomposing food).


    Artistic nude images (penises, breasts, vaginas visible). Kissing. Nude baby being lifted out of bath, baby in nappy. Shirtless children, children in swimwear. Nipples, breast-squeezing, naked woman mentioned.


    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (cigarettes - almost constantly). Marijuana, driving while high mentioned.


    F-words, s-words. Religious references (religious beliefs) and exclamations (living in hell, etc). References to peeing, reeking of urine.


    David Lynch, upbringing, Philadelphia, art, music, documentary, biography, filmmaking, film direction, painting, smoking, worldview, eccentricity, toddlers.


    Divorce mentioned.


    Cockeyed, oblique, compelling, wonderful, interesting, timely, ambiguous, intimate, personal, creative, essential, non-stop, fascinating, absorbing, endearing, honest, disarming, off-kilter, rewarding, svelte, fond. Some illuminating/revelatory/funny/startling insights, dense/dark/Lynchian camerawork, goosebumpy/erratic sound design/score, previous unseen footage, deft editing, hundreds of paintings/drawings featured.


    Some viewers might be disapppointed that the film focuses on Lynch's paintings/drawings and not his films.

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