Canberra export Marc Tokich trialing in Europe after winning NYL award

Canberra FC junior Marc Tokich is trialling in Germany after being named National Youth League Player of the Year following an outstanding campaign with the FFA Centre of Excellence.
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Tokich, 17, has developed dramatically over the past two seasons under former Socceroo and Centre of Excellence coach Tony Vidmar who kept the rising star in his program for an additional year.

The attacking midfielder was spotted as a late blooming 14-year-old and came into the academy at 165cm and 47kgs, before graduating at 183cm and 72kgs, and Vidmar said the budding talent isn’t done yet.

“Marc missed a fair bit of football because we had to manage his training load and growth otherwise he would have got injured, and he’s still growing,” Vidmar said.

“He was a delayed developer but we saw the football potential in him and invited him to train with us in 2014 and then offered him a scholarship.

“Knowing his quality, the individual player was our priority, that’s why we kept him on for an extended period and I don’t think anyone else could have done that.”

Vidmar wasn’t surprised the young picked up the NYL award for the competition that ended in January and said Tokich remained training with the academy before earning his trial in Europe.

“Marc is an attacking midfielder who knows where’s the goals are, he has good drive and combination play and had a very good year so the award was very well deserved,” Vidmar said.

“He’s a quiet guy and doesn’t say too much, he likes to let his football to do the talking and I think he’s starting to grow as a person and becoming a leader.”

FFA player development manager Jackson Kupke said Tokich’s rise can be attributed to the world class facilities at the AIS where the Centre of Excellence is based.

“His success is down to the sports science at the AIS and that he was affectively managed,” Kupke said.

“His growth and load management has been so tightly monitored over the past two years that our physio would look at his daily data and speak with coaches on what his body could tolerate.

“He has been part of Australian under-20 side preparing for the 2019 World Cup and I expect him to make that team when the squad for qualifiers is announced later in the year.”

Tokich’s father Tony confirmed his son will remain in Germany for another month after the club extended his trial period last week.

“We’re very proud of him and it’s well deserved because he works very hard,” Tokich said.

“He has come a long way and long way to go but we’re just happy he’s following his dreams because this is all he has ever wanted to do.”

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Canberra and Wollongong back their own stand alone A-League bids

Canberra and Wollongong have ruled out combining their A-League expansion efforts to form a super-bid, with each party adamant their proposals are strong enough to stand alone.
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The groups said they would happily provide elite pathways for the other, but refused the idea of a joint venture with neither willing to compromise on having an A-League franchise in their city.

FFA have ruled out expansion for at least two years and boss David Gallop is wary of expanding into cities with under one million people after the North Queensland Fury and Gold Coast United survived just a handful of seasons before falling into financial ruin.

Canberra is currently the eighth largest city in Australia with 395,000 people but is expected to grow to half a million by 2034, while Wollongong sits in 10th at just under 300,000.

The numbers fall well short of Gallop’s benchmark, but when combined and with catchment areas included the figure would comfortably push past one million.

Wollongong Wolves president Chris Papakosmas has no concerns over Gallop’s comments and remains adamant an A-League team will be financially viable in Wollongong.

“Our position has never altered from the beginning, we’re putting in a completely stand alone bid with an Illawarra and South Coast presence, but that doesn’t mean we can’t develop partnerships with other clubs that benefits everyone,” Papakosmas said.

“If Canberra have a stand alone team then fantastic and if not we’re more than happy to provide them that representative pathways like we currently have with Belconnen United.

“If Canberra get a team then great and good luck, all the power to them, but our bid continues to grow and evolve and it was never dependent on Canberra.

“We have no issues or concerns about it not going our way, the bid we put together will be complete and holistic and eventually there will be a Wolves presence in the A-League, that is a fact.”

Jeff Williamson is leading up Canberra’s bid and said despite a failed previous bid, the number people wanting to support the venture is growing by the day.

“People have said to me they thought the bid was done and that they’re very happy to hear it’s back on the table. There is certainly a growing interest throughout the city,” Williamson said.

“Our preference is to have our own Canberra team and one of the distinctive things I want to do is make it a community effort because we’re going to need all the support we can get.”

A-League bosses walked out on a meeting with the FFA last week after the governing body offered the 10 teams a $3.25 million slice of the $57.6 million-a-year broadcast deal.

A-League sides currently receive the salary cap – $2.6 million – but with that set to increase to at least $2.92 million next season clubs were expecting closer to $4.5 million.

“We’re watching the current FFA process closely, it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out because if clubs ask and get too much money it could kill off expansion entirely,” Williamson said.

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Sio urges Brumbies to ‘stick together’ to beat form slump

Brumbies training 6th April 2017. Scott Sio. Photo by Karleen Minney. Photo: Karleen MinneyWallabies prop Scott Sio says he won’t sacrifice longevity to rush back from a knee injury to play for Australian in the mid-year Test series.
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But the ACT Brumbies leader has vowed to maintain an upbeat attitude to ensure he has a positive influence on the team’s bid to end a Super Rugby form slump.

Sio has started his rehabilitation program after damaging medial and patellar ligaments in his knee two weeks ago.

The injury means he is in danger of missing Australia’s Test series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy in June, but he is confident he can be on the field to boost the Brumbies’ finals hopes.

The 25-year-old has been cursed by injury woes in recent years, spending plenty of time on the sideline after elbow, ankle and hamstring problems.

But he is determined to not let his latest setback impact the Brumbies’ plans to turn their season around and end a three-match losing streak when they play the Johannesburg Lions next week.

“I know it’s not ideal, but everything happens for a reason,” Sio said.

“I knew for my career to keep moving forward, I had to attack my rehab hard so that I can come back as quickly as possible.

“I’ve got to keep tha positive outlook … It makes you really understand how much of a team sport rugby is and how the mood of an individual can affect everyone else’s performance.

“You can become a distraction if your mood isn’t right and that’s the last thing I want. So I have to stay positive, because if the boys are worrying about me then they’re worrying about the wrong things.”

Sio hopes to be fit to play again in six or eight weeks after his knee twisted awkwardly under the pressure of a scrum against the Wellington Hurricanes.

He has played just four games this season after a hamstring problem delayed his start to the year.

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Better Than Max has inside lane for mile

CHANCE: Newcastle Mile hopeful Better Than Max with Medowie trainer Darren Reay (third from left) after winning the $12,000 Tamworth City Cup in January. Picture: PeterMac PhotographyMedowie trainer Darren Reay reckons Newcastle Mile finalist Betther Than Max is just one of those horses.
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And the numbers back him up.

In 77 career starts the six-year-old bay gelding has placed 51 times, including 18 wins, for an overall top-three strike rate of 66 per cent.

“He’s always been a nice horse,” Reay said.

“Always thereabouts andalways consistent, so you go there and you know you’re going to run one to four. That’s the horse he is.”

Reay is now hopeful that Better Than Max can reproduce those performances and finish top of the podium in Saturday night’s $31,800 group 3 Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile.

It comes 24 years after Medowie Prince, owned and bred by Reay, won the time-honoured 1600 metre event at Newcastle International Paceway.

But at the time hisstable star was on lease to Maitland’s Keith McDeed whileChris Gleeson was the trainer-driver, so Reay still craves the silverware.

“Everyone around Newcastle wants to win it,” Reay said.

“Even to have a horse good enough to be in it is prestigious enough.”

The two-time Maitland Inter City Pace finalisthas drawnbarrier one with defending champion Bettor Bet Black slightlywider.

“It’s the perfect draw for him,” Reay said. “Bettor Bet Black is a very quick horse and out of three will just come across and go bang, straight in front before anyone knows.”

“If we can sit on the speed,hopefully we can get a run at the top of straight and then see what he can do.”

Reay, who recently joinedthe Newcastle Harness Racing Club board, said he was pleased to be contesting a race named after former chief executive officer Ross Gigg.

Elsewhere, Hunter trainer Sam Dimarco has Black Silhouette starting from barrier one in the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold final for two-year-old fillies at Melton on Saturday night.

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Trainer has soft spot for boom filly

CONFIDENT: Paul Messara is hoping for a soft track at Newcastle for well-bred filly Roseito. Picture: Vince CaligiuriSCONE trainer Paul Messara is hoping for soft conditions under foot for blueblood filly Roseito at Newcastle on Saturday.
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Roseito is a daughter of super sire Snitzel and New Zealand mare Bellini Rose and was impressive on debut in a 1280-metre Muswellbrook maiden on April 21, where she came from the tail of the 14-horse field to win by a neck.

The filly will appreciate the 1400mtrip and the spacious Newcastle track when she contests the class 1 handicap.

The three-year-old has an ideal draw and with Mitchell Bell, who rode her at Muswellbrook unavailable, Paul King will take the mount.

Messara, who is stud manager at the famous Arrowfield Stud owned by his father John, has 12horses in training.

“This filly is very smart but she needs a softish track to produce her best,” Messara said. “I was tossing up between the Newcastle race or a 1600 metre class 1 at next week’s Scone Carnival. Roseito will run at Newcastle if there is give in the track. I wasn’t that confident about her at Muswellbrook as she was underdone but her class got her home. The 1400mon the big track is ideal. Eventually Roseito will be a good 1600-2000mhorse.”

Messara will be on the Gold Coast on Saturday where he has promising two-year-old Lord Cecil.

“He is in the Ken Russell Classic and he won his only start at Muswellbrook the day Roseito won.” Messara said.

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea, a runaway leader in the 2016-17 Newcastle trainers’premiership, will send six gallopers up the freeway on Saturday.

O’Shea, who has announced that he is leaving Godolphin, has early favourities Birdsong and Evanesce in the 1400mmaiden.

In the 1200mmaiden, O’Shea will saddle up favourite Palomino and Belle Tournure.

The Godolphin colours will be carried in the final event – the 1400 metre Benchmark 70 – by import Beijing Board and Jamadar.

Birdsong, which resumes, was placed at Randwick, Warwick Farm and Canterbury earlier this year.

Palomino hasn’t raced for 13months but she has had two recent barrier trials.

The filly wasn’t far away in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace and Group 3 Percy Sykes last season. If fit enough she should be too classy.

An important gear change could pave the way for the Gai Waterhouse Adrian Bott-trained Emma Jane to notch her first win in the 1200mBenchmark 60 Handicap.

The filly was only beaten two lengths at Randwick last start. Two starts back she was placed behind subsequent Metropolitan winner White Moss at Wyong.

Meanwhile, Newcastle trainer Kris Lees will be chasing back-to-back wins when Slow Pace contests the $150,000 Lord Mayors Cup,2000m, at Rosehill on Saturday.


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Canberra regions could be the big winner from Barnaby’s bush push

Canberra and its surrounding country towns could be big winners from the National Party’s push to force public servants out of big cities, according to the boss of the capital’s airport.
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The Nationals’ radical plans to move swathes of the public service out of the cities and to the country has alarmed some Canberra business groups and local politicians.

But Canberra Airport chief executive Stephen Byron, says the policy being pushed by Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce and his deputy Fiona Nash could be a boost for capital country and he has a cheeky guide to how the decentralisation program can make the most of the Canberra region.

Mr Joyce has been criticised for “pork barrelling” in the most controversial move, that of the pesticides authority to the heart of Mr Joyce’s electorate in northern NSW, and Mr Byron said there were plenty of opportunities for the Coalition to bolster its electoral fortunes, closer the the capital

“If they want a marginal seat campaign, they could put ASIC [Australian Securities and Investment Commission] in Cooma, put the Reserve Bank in Merimbula,” the airport executive told The Canberra Times.

“We could put Infrastructure Australia in Goulburn, they could work on the fast train, we could put the ACCC [Australian Competition and Consumer Commission] in Young and the NBN [National Broadband Network] in Yass.

“ASIC to Cooma would be fantastic, the white collar criminals would be just across the way in the jail.

“The RBA would have a wonderful view of the world from the beaches of merimbula and still be able to shuck those south coast oysters like I doubt they do in the CBD of Sydney.

“For Infrastructure Australia, there’s a logic to them being in Goulburn because they should be getting on with the fast rail.

“The ACCC in Young would be wonderful for Fiona Nash’s constituents and to have the NBN in Yass at a pivotal point between Sydney and Melbourne would be highly appropriate too.”

Mr Byron’s company is landlord to several large government departments and has just landed one of the biggest leasing deals in Commonwealth history with the Immigration Department set to move into the airport’s Brindabella business park and the businessman conceded he had a vested interest in agencies staying in and around the capital.

But Mr Byron said there were serious financial savings and productivity improvements available for agencies moving from Sydney or Melbourne to Canberra or the region

“They would save millions of dollars in rent,” he said.

“The rental in Sydney is anything from $800 to $1000 per square metre, the rental in Canberra is $350 to $400 per square metre,

“My estimate is that the Commonwealth pays about $150 million in rent annually in Sydney and that could be $50 million to $60 million a year in Canberra.

“The wages they have to pay their people in Sydney are inflated because of the high cost of living and housing there.

“The salary savings could be $250 million a year or more.”

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Phoenix miss Paul’s legs for Olympic test

FULL OF RUNNING: Valentine’s Matt Paul competes for the ball with Jets Youth midfielder Jackson Frendo last week at Cahill Oval. Paul scored the only goal of the game. Picture: Marina Neil Valentine face a test of their progress at home against Hamilton Olympic on Saturday, and they will have to do it without key midfielder Matt Paul.
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The dynamic Paul scored the winner in last week’s 1-0 win over the Jets youth team, but he is competing in the Port Macquarie Ironman on Sunday, the day after his 26th birthday.

Coach Darren Sills, who recruited Paul from Adamstown midway through last season, said the midfielder would be a significant loss for his second-placed team.

“We’ve given him the weekend off. It means a lot to him to do these ironmans and triathlons. That was part of the deal. We knew early days he was going to do this,” Sills said.“He’s been super. He runs out a full 90 minutes, he’s incredibly fit and a very, very good footballer.”

Sills said he would move defender Alec Faulkner into midfieldand fellow American Jalon Brown wouldreturn from injury to start up front. Wilson Edwards will return at right back.

Valentine are chasing a fourth straight win, but Sills expected a tough outing against Olympic, who are two points back in third.

“It’s probably a good test of where we are. I watched Olympic a few weeks ago against Maitland, and they were pretty awesome. They could have been four or five up at half-time.

“We’re playing Edgeworth the following week. If we’re going to be any yardstick, we’ll see how we go against those two teams.”

Rhys Cooper (knee) and captain Kyle Hodges (toe) are still out for Olympic.

Elsewhere, eighth-placed Broadmeadow host Maitland at Magic Park on Sunday looking for their first win in five weeks after two losses, two draws and the bye.

Weston go looking for their first win when they host defending champions Edgeworth, who are slowly finding form and have seven points from their past three games.Eagles striker Daniel McBreen’s suspension is over, but he will miss them match due to Fox Sports commitments at the A-League grand final.

Also on Sunday, Charlestown host winless but improving Adamstownat Lisle Carr Oval, and Lake Macquarie entertain the bottom-placed Jets.


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Drayton highlights big questions on coal

FOR the past decade in particular, as the coal mining boom greatly expanded the number and size of open cut mines in the Hunter region, community and environment groups have asked a big question.
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What happens when the boom ends? Who is responsible for the legacy in the form of massive mine voids and rehabilitated land that the mining industry has made big promises about, but which have not been tested?

The boom has ended. Big mining companies are leaving or reducing their Hunter holdings, and the big question about what happens after the boom is suddenly with us.

Into that frame sits Anglo American’s Drayton mine at Muswellbrook, and the tortured history of attempts by Anglo over the past six years to have its Drayton South mine approved. Those attempts finally ended in February when a NSW Planning Assessment Commission panel issued a fourth refusal, primarily because of an expanded mine’s impact on Coolmore and Darley thoroughbred studs and the thoroughbred industry as a whole.

Confirmation on Friday that Anglo had sold its controlling interest in the Drayton site to Malabar Coal wasa surprise only in terms of timing, coming so quickly after the PAC decision. For a community divided by the “foals v coal” debatethe news of a new mining interest, and talk of a possible underground mine, brought back memories many had hoped could be put behind them.

Malabar is talking about jobs and getting on with its neighbours.

But a Valuer General’s land revaluation of the Drayton site at $1 is a reminder that there are significant legacies of coal mining, and the warnings by community and environment groups for all those years are more relevant now than ever before.

The NSW Government seems to be leaving the market to decide the Hunter region’s fate in a world where financial institutions are openly refusing to fund new coal projects, and climate change is a direct challenge to coal’s social licence.

Throughout the Drayton saga a broad cross-section of the Hunter –from farmers to the tourist industry, thoroughbred breeders to community and environment groups –have called on the NSW Government to take the lead on protecting and promoting the industries that will remain, after coal mining ends. Those calls are getting louder.

The question now is if anyone is listening.

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Xenophon and Wilkie take on case of Canberra problem gambler

Tasmanian anti-poker machine Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon have called on the Raiders club and a bank to pay back the money lost by Canberra professor Prof Laurie Brown, amounting to about $230,000 in two gambling sprees.
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“Regardless of any legal liability the bank or Raiders club might have, surely if they’re good corporate citizens they would understand that they have a clear moral responsibility to remedy the situation and to actually pay that money back to Laurie,” Mr Wilkie said on Friday.

Senator Xenophon said safeguards that were supposed to be in place at clubs had failed.

“What happened to Laurie can happen to anyone. The industry will try and portray it as people having a ‘character flaw or a weakness’ but in reality the real flaw here is in the design of the machines which are designed to addict, and it highlights the need for urgent reforms,” he said.

The Greens produced figures on Friday showing the ACT has the highest number of machines of any state or territory – with 16.2 machines for every 1000 adults, slightly higher than NSW at 15.8. Next is the Northern Territory, at 11.9 per 1000 adults. Victoria has 6.1 and Western Australia 1.1.

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury will push next week for limits on eftpos in clubs, after it emerged that Prof Brown exploited the loophole to withdraw as much as $3900 in a night.

Mr Wilkie said Prof Brown’s story showed the addictive design of poker machines.

“This is a remarkable story, it’s simply unbelievable,” he said. “When Laurie first got in touch I didn’t doubt what she was telling me but I still struggled to believe it. Here’s a university professor, an incredibly learned person, and some people would assume the last person who would become a poker machine addict. And she fell as far and landed as hard as anyone . It just went to show how dangerous Australia’s high-intensity poker machines are and how intensely addictive they are.”

The ACT Racing and Gambling Commission is investigating, but the Raiders says it will not compensate Prof Brown for her losses.

Chief executive Simon Hawkins said Prof Brown showed none of the signs of problem gambling, despite her withdrawals of substantial sums to play the pokies for up to six hours at a time.

Prof Brown and her partner John Formby have a spreadsheet of transactions showing that on at least five occasions between July 2016 and January 2017, she withdrew more than $3300 a night from Raiders Belconnen’s eftpos and ATM machines.

On July 5 2016, she withdraw $3990 in eight transactions, including $680 from an ATM machine outside the club, and six eftpos transactions inside the club. Prof Brown insists staff knew she was taking out big sums, because even when she keyed in the amount herself, the machine noisily spat out numerous $20 bills in front of them.

She began the gambling bender in July 2015, initially spending about $250 a night, but escalating from September 2015 when she made her first eftpos withdrawal, of $700.

By February 2016, her withdrawals jumped dramatically again. On February 16, she withdrew $2260 in six transactions, two outside the club. From April, withdrawals in the thousands of dollars a night were the norm, until she was stopped in January 2017 when the bank alerted her partner.

The couple has given the spreadsheet to the Raiders, but Mr Hawkins said given it is the couple’s own compilation, it provides no proof the money was withdrawn at the club, nor that it was spent at the club. Even if that proof was provided, Mr Hawkins does not accept the club should have picked up on Prof Brown’s gambling problem simply by virtue of the amount of money and number of transactions.

A spokeswoman for Gaming Minister Gordon Ramsay said he met Prof Brown in March but could not comment on the case given the investigation. The government was looking for ways to reduce harm, including cutting machine numbers from 4985 to 4000.

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Why David Lynch will never make another movie

David Lynch might be revealing little about the imminent return of TV series Twin Peaks -“some things change, some things remain the same”- but he’s more forthcoming about the state of modern filmmaking. The Montana-born writer, director, producer, painter and composer has not made a film in more than a decade. Inland Empire, his 2006 release about an actress auditioning for a comeback role, contained many of the established motifs of his work, such as surreal visuals and dopplegangers. But it is, he says, likely to be his last.
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“Things changed a lot,” Lynch says. “So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren’t the things that I would want to do.”

He is uncertain at first, but then appears to make up his mind: he has indeed made his last feature film. That’s a yes? “Yes it is,” he says.

Lynch’s stories have been described as a negative of the American landscape, where time flows more slowly and people meet (or sometimes become) their double; his darker portrayal of small-town America is not “truer” than the more upbeat version, he says, but it is true.

That landscape is dotted with small towns such as Lumberton, North Carolina, and Twin Peaks, Washington. The latter was the fictional setting for what many consider to be Lynch’s greatest work.

Airing from 1990 to 1991, Twin Peaks followed the investigation by FBI special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the brutal murder of high school student Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).

It was a stunning mixture of eccentric characters and long, sensual visuals, set to music that was alternately haunting and heartbreaking. Laura, the too-perfect-to-be-true homecoming queen, is found dead in the opening scene, “wraapped in plaastic,” as reported by fisherman and sawmill manager Pete Martell (Jack Nance).

As confounding as it was compelling, Twin Peaks drew almost universal acclaim – and some 34.6 million viewers – and permanently altered the nature of television storytelling.

Having been asked to consider creating a show in the style of small-town soap opera Peyton Place, what Lynch and his co-creator, Mark Frost, delivered was its antithesis, with Laura and bad girl Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) standing in for Peyton Place’s diametrically opposed teenagers Alison and Betty.

The series almost defied definition. It was a quirkily humorous mystery series that also contained elements of horror, such as the menacing Bob (Frank Silva) and the Black Lodge, an otherworldly place where one’s shadow self dwells.

“It is said if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage it will utterly annihilate your soul,” warns Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse) in one scene; such Shakespearean observations were a hallmark of the show’s exquisite scripts.

Even now, Lynch is unwilling to box the series into a category. “The word genre is around and some films fall into those but I always say, in life there’s different genres going all the time, and cinema can do that too,” he says.

Though the bubble burst midway through its second season, the series was followed in 1992 by the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. When the show returns next month, it picks up the story in the present day.

The modern-day exhumation of Twin Peaks began when Lynch and Frost met for lunch at the iconic Hollywood restaurant Musso and Frank Grill in 2011.

“We sat and we talked and it did happen to be not quite 25 years later,” Lynch says. “We started talking and more things started coming out and then, at a certain point, enough came out that we started talking about doing it.”

Speculation about a new series began to emerge in 2013 and the series was formally announced in October 2014. Asked about whether he and Frost weighed up the pros and cons, Lynch smiles.

“There must not have been a lot of cons, because we did it,” he says. “The good things, the pros, were many. It’s the love of that world and the characters and the possibilities, it sucked us in.”

Perhaps the biggest albatross around the show’s neck was the revelation midway through the original series of the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer.

“Let’s say you have a goose and the goose lays golden eggs, it’s a beautiful thing,” says Lynch wryly. “The goose is laying these little golden eggs and pretty soon you’ve got a lot of golden eggs and someone comes along and says it’s time now to kill that goose. Not a good thing.”

The revelation was essentially a decision made by the network, ABC, which felt the question posed by the show’s extraordinarily successful marketing campaign demanded an answer. But Lynch concedes that he and Frost had a choice.

“You always have choice,” he says, an echo of regret in his words. “But I don’t know, there might have been a bunch of things going on. It just happened that we did that, but it’s OK.”

That mystery – who killed Laura Palmer? – seems now to be impossibly formulaic, though Lynch insists it was not.

“There are classes of screenwriting where they reduce things down to formulas but there are no rules, there shouldn’t be any rules,” he says.

“Ideas dictate everything and the ideas are like gifts,” he adds. “You follow the ideas and you don’t worry about a form, you don’t worry about rules and you try to stay true to those ideas. They tell you everything and that’s how it goes.”

In the absence of any plot revelations, much of the focus around the rebirth of Twin Peaks has been on the reassembly of the show’s extraordinary cast, including MacLachlan, Lee, Fenn, Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Peggy Lipton (Norma Jennings) and James Marshall (James Hurley). They are joined by an impressive band of newcomers, including Naomi Watts, Jim Belushi, Laura Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The new series also sees the return of the show’s less tangible elements: the acoustic signatures of composer Angelo Badalamenti and singer Julee Cruise and the spectacular setting of Twin Peaks itself, real world location: Snoqualmie and North Bend, in Washington, in America’s lush Pacific northwest.

“The mood and atmosphere … is important for every film and to make a world,” Lynch says.

“Angelo brings heart and you know, before Twin Peaks I worked with Angelo on an album with Julee Cruise,” he says. One of the tracks from the album, Falling, became the Twin Peaks theme.

“The combination of the three of us working together comes up with this kind of feel in the music. [It] is definitely a huge part of Twin Peaks,” Lynch says.

Brilliantly, for an era in which film and television marketing is driven by predigestion of character details and plot points, nothing has been revealed about the upcoming series.

At a programming showcase in Los Angeles in January, Lynch was almost comically brief when pressed for details. Speaking to Fairfax Media, he is equally to the point: “It’s 25 years later, some things change, some things remain the same.”

It raises an interesting question about the consumption of art, and whether the predigestion required by modern marketing is actually damaging.

“Completely ruins it,” Lynch says candidly. “People want to know up until the time they know, then they don’t care. So, speaking for myself, I don’t want to know anything before I see something. I want to experience it without any purification, pure; [I want to] go into a world and let it happen.”

So the last word, perhaps, should go to someone who has seen the new Twin Peaks, David Nevins, the chief executive of the cable channel Showtime, which commissioned the revival.

It is, Nevins says, a “pure, heroin version of David Lynch.”

The description makes Lynch smile. “I don’t know why he says that, but I will answer that by saying, well, that’s OK because heroin is a very popular drug these days.”

Twin Peaks premieres on Stan, May 22.

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