Researching the CultReception of EraserheadThe Auteur, the Actor,the Audiences, and the Academics

18 Apr 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Wgtn – 7C34; Man – SGP3.64; Alb – MBS2.21

David Lynch’s maiden voyage into feature film, Eraserhead, has continually baffled audiences since its premiere in the Filmex film festival in 1977. A Lynchian labour of love created over a five-year period, it has since influenced countless filmmakers and invited a wide range of interpretations. Presenting the outcomes of their summer collaboration, Dr Claire Henry and summer scholar Hazel Osborne map the ways that fandom and academic studies have contrasted or converged in how they understand Eraserhead.

Claire Henry is a Lecturer in Digital Media Production at Massey University’s Wellington campus. She is currently writing a monograph on Eraserhead while listening to The Pixies’ cover of ‘In Heaven’ on repeat and considering a return to her teenage Henry Spencer-inspired quiff.

Hazel Osborne is a recent Bachelor of Communication (Journalism/Expressive Arts) graduate and was awarded a Summer Scholarship in 2017. After binge-watching Twin Peaks as a 12-year old,

David Lynch has been a permanent fixture in her pop culture periphery.

Wgtn – 7C34

Man – SGP3.64

Alb – MBS2.21


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