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Anyone with an interest in film, art or TV will enjoy going deeper into filmmaker and artist David Lynch’s surrealist world in Northern Film & Media’s programme of events exploring his legacy and practice. Workshops, conversations, discussions and screenings will be taking place across the North East, examining his unique contribution to filmmaking and art. The creator of cult films such as Eraserhead, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, as well as worldwide hit TV series Twin Peaks, Lynch’s unique cinematic style provokes strong, guttural reactions with audiences and has earned him Academy Award nominations, the Palme D’Or and the moniker of ‘the first popular Surrealist’.

The programme coincides with the MIMA exhibition, David Lynch Naming (until 26th March) which traces how Lynch uses naming across photography, film and art. If you’re a fan of his films but not familiar with his artwork, the project will expose you to his dark, deep and violently expressed paintings. The programme includes a special screening of Blue Velvet at Middlesbrough’s Empire, a fitting venue with Victorian and opulent features (Friday 6th); a cinematography workshop led by Martin Testar (Friday 20th, Great North Museum); [i’ll be your mirror]: Lynch vs Lynch, an immersive day-long programme of activity at Tyneside Cinema and mima, where attendees are invited to discuss connections and immerse themselves in a physical and critical journey through a virtual and actual Lynchian landscape (Wednesday 11th) and Conversations, a day of informal discussions and conversations lavishly illustrated with visuals and film clips (Saturday 21st, mima).

Find out more at the Northern Film and Media website.

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