THE DAVID LYNCH SERIES

There’s no doubt that David Lynch is considered one of the more interesting directors of the last five decades. Over the course of his career Lynch has directed a number of films that have been hailed for their non-linear storytelling, surreal imagery and insidious sound design.

Although his creations may be polarizing at times there is little doubt that David Lynch is a true master of film craft. As such, he’s directed some of the most unique movies to ever hit the big screen.

THE ELEPHANT MAN

Main Cinema

Thu 15 July 7:30pm nc

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.

Actors: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick

1980  2h5m PG Violence, Drama/Biography

MULHOLLAND DR.

Main Cinema

Thu 22 July 7:30pm nc

A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita's true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.

Actors: Robert Forster, Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, Brent Briscoe, Laura Elena Harring, Randall Wulff

2001  2h26m R16 Violence & sex scenes, Mystery & thriller

THE STRAIGHT STORY

Main Cinema

Thu 5 August 7:30pm nc

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Sissy Spacek, Richard Farnsworth

1999  1h51m G  Drama

nc - No complimentary (free) tickets accepted for these sessions.