Director David Lynch - best-known for famously bizarre dramas such as Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks - has urged people not to be put off by difficulty in trying to understand his latest film Inland Empire.
The film - the title of which Lynch prefers to be written as INLAND EMPIRE - is deliberately strange and, with a plot that disintegrates after around half an hour, is Lynch's first major feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive.
Inland Empire's plot is only loosely-defined. It centres on the central character Nikki Grace, played by Laura Dern, getting a role in a movie called On High in Blue Tomorrows - a film that was started once before, only to be abandoned because actors were dying on set.
Three hours long, Inland Empire features a number of typically bizarre sequences - including a sitcom which stars rabbits and prostitutes performing the famous locomotion dance.
Lynch said that it was Dern, who starred in one of his most acclaimed and successful movies, 1990's Wild At Heart, who had prompted him to begin developing the film.
DAVID LYNCH FILMOGRAPHY
The Elephant Man (1980)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Wild At Heart (1990)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Lost Highway (1997)
The Straight Story (1999)
Mulholland Dr (2001)
Inland Empire (pictured) (2006)
"In this particular case, Laura Dern started the flow of ideas," he said.
"I met her on the street, and she announced that was my new neighbour, and she said, 'David, we've got to do something again.' I said, 'yeah, we do.' And that meeting started ideas coming - with her in mind."
Lynch explained that his approach to the film was to write it out of many different ideas.
"On this particular film, I'd get an idea, I'd write it down, and then I'd shoot that thing.
"I'd then get another idea, I'd shoot that - and I wouldn't know how the two were related. And somewhere in there, more came - and showed how they related.
"Then I wrote many things, and we shot in a more normal way from that point on."
He added that his advice to people who may find the plot hard to understand - is to rely on what he called "inner knowing".
"I would say that I think they understand more than they give themselves credit for," he said.
"We have this thing called intuition, and we intuit things, and it's an inner knowing. When things get abstract, this can kick in. Words fail, but this is another kind of knowing."
Inland Empire is also the first major film that Lynch has filmed digitally. He said he had chosen to shoot it this way after using a digital camera for making footage for his personal website.
"I love the look of it," he added.
"Although it wasn't film quality, I love the look of it for its own look."