Is Mulholland Drive a shot-for-shot remake of a 1981 episode of Prisoner: Cell Block H?

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.

Two vehicles career around the corner of a lonely road – this can’t end well 

Our heroine stumbles from the wreckage, but who is she?

And where is she?

She makes her way up towards a familiar-looking apartment

Is this an old friend or a new friend?

Our heroine has amnesia – and the truths of the world come as quite a shock

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.

No, I’m getting nothing

Definitely not


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.

2 responses to “Is Mulholland Drive a shot-for-shot remake of a 1981 episode of Prisoner: Cell Block H?

  1. Amazing, as usual. I’m sure that early storyline with the woman who was in love with the man from the TV in a stalky confused way may have also been very Lynchy. Then there was that one who blamed everything on her imaginary friend who was also a floating baby hallucination in the tumble dyer. Oh the confusion!

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