David Lynch has discussed the Brexit nightmare that is dividing the UK as he prepares to launch his new exhibition as part of the Manchester international festival.
Lynch, who has not released a feature film in 13 years, has been busy beavering away on new Twin Peaks material in recent years. With added concentration on his exhibitions and reflective work, the filmmaker has found more comfort staying at home and working from his home studio. “I don’t like going out anyway,” Lynch began in his interview with The Guardian. “I like to stay at home.”
He continued: “Of course I do think it’s important sometimes to go out and see new things and feel the so-called reality. And that can conjure ideas. But I think human beings can sense the air and feel what’s going on in the world without going out.”
The conversation turned to ongoing political issues in both the United Kingdom and his native America, division that have been created through a series of elections and decisions seemingly diving each country more and more with each passing day.
Brexit, which has been rumbling on for three long years with little resolution, has been described as an ongoing mental health issue for those that have been subjected to it since the decision was made on June 23rd 2016. Lynch, like many, can feel the anxiety and frustration around the whole chaotic procedure: “I haven’t been over to England recently, but I can feel this Brexit thing, I can feel the torment,” he said.
“It’s a deeply strange situation. Nobody really thought you’d want to exit [the EU]. It is a terrible disaster. Totally nuts… And I can feel in the world, there are many, many gigantic problems.”
He continued, with optimism: “I feel we’ve been in very dark times and much better times are coming. The thing is, bad news sells, frightening things sell, sensationalism sells. So we don’t hear all the good news that’s happening, because it seems kind of boring. But I think there are so many good things happening, and people thinking and inventing. I think the future’s looking very bright.”
When pressed on the political divisions in America, Lynch sidestepped the question in sense: “I think, in a way, the chickens are coming home to roost for America,” he said of the inequality. “I don’t know what percentage [of people] are working towards making it better, but there’s a huge percentage that’s being diverted into escape, into sports or movies or music, into drugs. The drugs have ruined so much.”