PROJECTIONS: David Lynch – Cinema’s Uncanny Master

RECORDING ACCESS - Day course with Mary Wild.

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24 July, 9:00 am - 31 August, 11:30 pm

£25 - £30

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Please note: this 6 hour course with Mary Wild has already taken place, tickets are for recording access only. You will receive your individual access details in the Eventbrite confirmation email, you have access for 14 days. Booking closes at 11.30pm on 31 August.


If Sigmund Freud’s ‘Uncanny’ were manifested in human form, the result would surely be David Lynch, the beloved American surrealist filmmaker dubbed “Jimmy Stewart from Mars” on account of his cinegenic good looks and unconventional manner.

Lynch’s signature directing style embodies the Uncanny to a tee: violent, disturbing imagery pitted against a glimmer of ordinariness and magical realism, a cross between the macabre and the mundane. He loves to experiment with fear, mystery and confusion, remarking:

“Sometimes, in a frame, if there’s doubt about what is seen, or some dark corner, then the mind can dream. If everything is crystal clear in that frame, then that’s what it is; that’s all it is.”

The ultraweird cinematic dreamscape Lynch has fashioned is fertile ground for psychoanalytic investigation where the unconscious mind provides the primary visual drive, interspersed by a lingering ambiguity that captivates and bewilders film fans around the world. In this intensive day course, we will chart the Uncanny as an iconic Lynchian trademark in six celebrated titles featuring the Lady in the Radiator, the enigmatic Dorothy Vallens, absurdist road trip adventures, the Black Lodge, the Mystery Man and whatever is going on behind Winkie’s Diner.

Please see below the full list of titles to be discussed. Advance viewing is optional; select scenes and bespoke montages will be shown on the day.

Session 1

Eraserhead (1977)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Session 2

Wild at Heart (1990)

Twin Peaks (1991)

Session 3

Lost Highway (1997)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Special consideration will be given to the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) dirs. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm

9.30am – open

10.00am – first session

12.00pm – lunch

12.45pm – second session

2.45pm – tea break

3.00pm – third session

5.00pm – finish

Tea and coffee will be provided during both breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.


24 July, 9:00 am
31 August, 11:30 pm
£25 - £30
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