Go on some film-geek forums to see who people cite as David Lynch’s major influences and you’ll see names like Herzog, Buñuel and Bergman being bandied about. But watch his Mulholland Drive followed by episode 199 of Prisoner – the 80s women’s prison soap from Australia – and you’ll see some startling similarities. Was this his biggest inspiration of all? See if YOU can spot the difference between Mulholland and Melbourne in my exclusive side-by-side gallery.
Oh it’s all very well my saying it’s a shot-for-shot remake and then only looking at the main characters and their coincidental car crash/amnesia plot isn’t it. It’s obvious I’m cheating. If you took random samples from any other scenes they wouldn’t match up at all.
If you enjoy humorously-captioned screengrabs from Prisoner: Cell Block H then please visit the Wentworth Detention Centre tumblr – very much the original and best.