Lost in the Movies: TWIN PEAKS CONVERSATIONS #5 w/ Fire Walk With Me: Your Laura Disappeared author Scott Ryan (YouTube & extended PATREON)

TWIN PEAKS CONVERSATIONS #5 w/ Fire Walk With Me: Your Laura Disappeared author Scott Ryan (YouTube & extended PATREON)

I'm kicking off a year of Fire Walk With Me by cross-posting my conversation, from a couple weeks ago, with the author of a new book on the subject. Fire Walk With Me: Your Laura Disappeared is written by Scott Ryan, who you're probably familiar with if you've been part of the Twin Peaks fan community over the past decade, and it observes the film from all angles. It's part personal memoir, part deep-dive technical analysis, part interview collection - including brand new discussions with the likes of producer Gregg Feinberg, co-writer Robert Engels, cinematographer Ron Garcia, editor Mary Sweeney (I'm most excited for that one) and Laura Palmer herself, actress Sheryl Lee. Scott's first interview with Lee, published in The Blue Rose magazine several years ago, blew me away with its insights and lively back-and-forth; in it, he laid out some of his difficulties with the new material late in season three, which she engaged in a thoughtful and thought-provoking manner - an issue we also discuss in the latter part of this conversation. According to Scott, this interview is even better than that earlier one so I can't wait to read it (he shared many but not all of the book's chapters with me beforehand, only heightening my anticipation for the rest).

The book is scheduled for when the film celebrates its 30th anniversary in May 2022, but you don't have to wait till then to order it; in fact, Scott is encouraging pre-orders as soon as possible for a limited batch of color editions for the same price as the later black-and-white version - a one-time order he may have to place as soon as the next few days so jump on it now if you haven't already.

The first part of our conversation, made public on YouTube, runs about an hour and focuses on the film and the details of this ambitious book project:

PART 1 on YouTube
(Embedded videos are having difficulty right now - you can jump here for this one.)

The second part, longer than the first, deals with Scott's and my questions and frustrations with season three (as well as what we appreciate about it) and then onto his very Gen X hot takes about the cinema of the nineties versus today (as well as a humorous, related story about his interview with Mary Sweeney for this book).

Listen to...

For more, you can check out my earlier interview with Scott, conducted when he released his documentary film Voyage to Twin Peaks.

Purchase an early order of Fire Walk With Me: Your Laura Disappeared - color edition available at same price for a very limited time

My own related work

Affliction review (talks about the cinematic shift in 1999)

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