David Lynch is something of an all-rounder – director, screenwriter, producer, painter, cartoonist, composer, video and performance artist. He started out as a painter, enrolling in the Pennsylvanian Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia when he was nineteen. Interestingly, one of is first works combined visual arts with cinema in his Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), where he projected a looped animation onto one of his sculptures. It was off the back of this that he secured funding to make his first two short films – The Alphabet (1968) and The Grandmother (1970). These two works met with great critical success. After which he moved to Los Angeles, spending the next six years making his first feature Eraserhead (1976). Eraserhead polarised and baffled critics but it went on to become a cult classic, after seeing the film Mel Brooks hired Lynch to direct The Elephant Man (1980) and George Lucas requested him to direct Return of the Jedi but Lynch declined the latter stating that it would become more his own vision than that of Lucas’. The Elephant Man, a biopic of the deformed Victorian era figure John Merrick, was a huge commercial and critical success, been nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. So the dark and unconventional independent director had astonishingly become the darling of Hollywood, would he be corrupted? Thwarted of his great vision? No fear, his second Hollywood feature would also be his last Hollywood feature. Dune (1984), an adaptation of the Frank Herbert cult science-fiction novel, was a commercial and critical disaster, though in fairness to Lynch he was denied the final cut and it was ultimately the studio’s film. And there was a silver lining, part of the deal Lynch made with producer Dino De Laurentiis when making Dune was that the producer would finance Lynch’s next feature.

Russell Shortt is a travel consultant with Exploring Ireland, the leading specialists in customised, private escorted tours, escorted coach tours and independent self drive tours of Ireland. Article source Russell Shortt, http://www.exploringireland.net http://www.visitscotlandtours.com
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