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David Lynch talks Dune, Black Lives Matter, and life post-lockdown

‘These so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much better place’

If there’s one good thing to come out of quarantine, it’s the revival of David Lynch’s YouTube channel. In addition to his daily weather reports, we’ve seen the launch of a new series, titled “What Is David Working on Today?”, where the filmmaker teaches viewers how to build a microphone stand (so handy!), among other things.

Now, Lynch has uploaded a 40-minute Q&A with longtime producer Sabrina S. Sutherland, where he answers a series of fan questions submitted on social media. But when asked what film he’s most proud of in his career, he said: “I’m proud of everything except Dune.”

“I’ve liked so much working on different movies. It’s not so much about pride but the enjoyment of doing, the enjoyment of the work,” he explained. “I’ve enjoyed working in all these different mediums. I feel really lucky to have been able to enjoy those things and to be able to live.”

Lynch, who voiced his support for Black Lives Matter in a weather report earlier this month, also shared words of encouragement for the future: “I believe that we as a whole world are going through a transition. These so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much better place,” he said.

“The old way is giving way to a new way. More and more things, horror stories, have come to life and people have been dealing with these things for decades. More things will come out. These wrongs are going to start getting righted. On the other side of this transition, I think, we will find really great times. An end to suffering and negativity. This is what I believe and hope for.”

Previously, Lynch has spoken out about the upcoming Denis Villeneuve remake of Dune, claiming that he has “zero interest” in it. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lynch said he won’t watch Villeneuve’s version because his was “a heartache” for him. “It was a failure and I didn’t have a final cut,” he explained. “I’ve told this story a billion times. It’s not the film I wanted to make. I like certain parts of it very much – but it was a total failure for me.”

Watch the Q&A below.