To borrow a lyric from The Charlatans, love is the key to the new issue of Little White Lies – inspired by and dedicated to the film Carol from director Todd Haynes. In this masterful, heart-crushing work, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play a pair of romantically idle women in ’50s New York who meet cute in a department store and gradually, inexorably converge as one. As a piece of craft, the film is untouchable, with cinematographer Ed Lachman and composer Carter Burwell both very much on their A-game. LWLies’ artistic director Timba Smits created the cover, and this is how he approached it: “My inspiration for the Carol cover was to look at midcentury fashions and 1950s Vogue covers and evoke the beautiful hand illustrated portraits (almost photographic) style of the time. I also looked to classic photos/portraits of Audrey Hepburn, who Mara reminded me of throughout the film, and used these for pose and style reference. It’s actually a hybrid ‘Rooney Hepburn’.”
In this issue…
- A Letter to Miguel: Director Miguel Gomes writes a letter to himself in the year 2004, just as he was about to embark on a feature film career.
- A Screenwriting Masterclass: Miguel Gomes tells us how writing a movie is a case of constant reinvention.
- What is Documentary? Arabian Nights is a movie that toys with the idea of what is real and what is fake, what is fictional and what is fact. Does the term “documentary” still means what we think it does? We put this simple question to a host oHf film industry luminaries to divulge the state of documentary in 2016.
- Tales of Cinema: Directly inspired by the loose-leaf structure of Arabian Nights, LWLies offers a compendium of wild tales which look at the landscape of modern cinema through the prism of vintage pornography, hand-drawn flyers, teen fantasy franchises, Paris Hilton, Troma and Chris Hemsworth’s abs.
In the back section…
László Nemes mourns Son of Saul; Sebastian Schipper pulls of a one-take wonder with Victoria; Jeff Nichols reveals his inner Spielberg with Midnight Special; Don Cheadle moves Miles Ahead; Patricio Guzmán polishes The Pearl Button; Kate Dickie and Paul Higgins are a Couple In a Hole; Pablo Larrain enters The Club; Alan Rickman excels in Eye In the Sky; Joachim Trier gets Louder Than Bombs; Ben Wheatley scales High-Rise; and Robert Eggers summons The Witch.
All that plus interviews with Hirokazu Koreeda, Alice Winocour, Joachim Trier, Robert Eggers,László Nemes and Sebastian Schipper, and Ex-Rent Hell re-visits the insane ’90s mind-melter, In Bed with Madonna.
Cover art by Whooli Chen