Looks like David Lynch is going through some growing pains within the film industry. The famed director who brought us revered classics like Mulholland Dr., Blue Velvet, Dune, and Eraserhead, isn’t exactly in love with the way the industry has been going lately.
This doesn’t really come as a surprise as we’re past the decade mark since David Lynch’s last film. So what has David Lynch down about the film industry?There’s not enough alternative cinema for him. Lynch who’s known for bringing alternative ideas and expanding them for cinema, isn’t impressed with what’s out there, and doesn’t really find it to be conducive to what he wants to put out there.
Of the filmmaking industry, Lynch recently told The Independent:
“It’s a very depressing picture. With alternative cinema – any sort of cinema that isn’t mainstream – you’re fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it. Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now.”
Lynch, who was said to have a new “dark film” in the works, continued:
“Unfortunately, my ideas are not what you’d call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don’t know what my future is. I don’t have a clue what I’m going to be able to do in the world of cinema.”
The fact that money is driving the industry is no secret, but some directors still happen to make films that are experimental that are outside of the Hollywood spectrum. Take for example Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which met positive reviews during its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Most films that gamble with the level of experimentation have the platform of VOD, but for Lynch whose work has been heralded by filmmakers of today, it doesn’t seem like a great fit.
For Lynch, who also brought us the dark and twisted TV series Twin Peaks, the director isn’t exactly knocking television. Of that medium he said: “I like the idea of a continuing story. And television is way more interesting than cinema now. It seems like the art-house has gone to cable.”
Would you want to see David Lynch return to television?