It’s safe to say that Christmas 2020 is going to feel very different. But if you’re still in the mood for gifting this year (and let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a bit of retail therapy right now) then we’ve got just the thing for you. Below we’ve hand-picked 10 film-related gifts which are currently available to order through some of our good friends, as well as one or two items of our own.
It goes without saying that this has been an incredibly challenging year for independent magazine publishing. If you love what we do, then please support us by taking out a subscription for you or a friend – for just £27 you’ll receive five issues a year, delivered direct to your door with free UK delivery.
As well as magazines we also publish beautiful film books. Our latest, made in collaboration with Abrams Books, is an illustrated mid-career monograph exploring the 30-year creative journey of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering all of his feature films, as well as his shorts and music videos.
£30 at abramsandchronicle.co.uk
We’ve partnered with publisher Laurence King this year on a series of movie-themed puzzles, the first of which are now available to buy. ‘Inside the Chocolate Factory’ throws open the doors to Willy Wonka’s fantastic candy-coated world, reimagining Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story.
£14.99 at laurenceking.com
A celebration of female voices in film, Girls on Tops is a simple yet stylish way to display your cinephilic credentials. From Sofia Coppola and Céline Sciamma to Haifaa Al Mansour and Lulu Wang, there’s something for everyone in their collection. All Girls on Tops tees are made from 100% organic cotton, and they also sell e-gift cards.
From £22 at girlsontopstees.com
Made in close collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm, this second volume of Taschen’s coffee table tome covers the prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. A fun visual trip through the Star Wars galaxy packed full of script pages, concept art, on-set photography and more.
Approx. £150 at taschen.com
Our pals over the pond have upped their merch game this year, releasing a range of film companion books alongside accessories and their own clothing line. We’ve got our eye on their pullover ‘Party Fleece’; perfect for those long winter movie nights.
Shop now at shop.a24films.com
Streaming service and distributor MUBI has launched its very first online pop-up shop, stocked with a selection of limited edition items designed in-house by the MUBI creative team. The shop launches with six exclusive items, including litho printed posters for two recent MUBI Releases, Pablo Larraín’s Ema and David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake
Shop now at shop.mubi.com
This year we’ve been lucky enough to work with some supremely talented designers and illustrators, many of whom have made their first contributions to our magazine and website. Our Mank cover artist, Katherine Lam, sells gorgeous prints of her work on her online shop, while Hayley Wells has her own Etsy store with loads of charming greetings cards and prints.
And if you’re looking for something extra special, Laura Callaghan, who designed our Promising Young Woman cover, sells her original paintings – so you could purchase your very own piece of LWLies history.
No two ways about it: Tsai Ming-Liang’s 2003 lover letter to cinema is a modern classic everyone should see. Newly restored in ravishing 4K, the film is finally available to own on region-free Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Second Run, with both editions featuring a new and exclusive filmed interview with Tsai, plus the world home video premiere of his 2009 short Madam Butterfly and a personal appreciation by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
£19.99 at secondrundvd.com
Trust us when we say that we know a thing or two about movie card games – and this one from the good folk at Cinephile is one of the very best. Beautifully designed and easy to play, this really is a must-have for any self-respecting film nerd.
Approx. £20 at cinephilegame.com
Published 3 Dec 2020