LWLies 70: The Dunkirk issue

Life’s a beach as we take a deep dive into Christopher Nolan’s wartime suspense saga.

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Karolis Strautniekas

We like the fact that issue 70 of Little White Lies magazine is dedicated to a film that was shot on 70mm film. The director Christopher Nolan is a stickler for practical, tangible filmmaking, and his latest, Dunkirk, advances that bold personal vision.

It’s the story of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuations, where 400,000 Allied trapped soldiers had to yomp to safety in order to avoid the aggressive advance of Nazi occupiers. Nolan has said that this is not a war movie, but more of a suspense thriller set in the midst of conflict. Once more, the tick of the clock acts as his north star as chaos slowly but surely is turned into order.

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In this issue…

Field Marshal Nolan
An in-depth conversation with one of the world’s most exciting and successful film directors: Christopher Nolan.

Dispatch from Dunkirk
A report from the front line of Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic.

Practical Magic – A Manifesto
The Badlands Collective offer up six simple ways to fight for the future of film.

Father Dearest
Ex-Rent Hell takes a deep dive into that most elusive and of cinematic sub-genres: the “Dad Movie”.

Threads #2
A new fashion column looking at movies through the prism of clothing. This issue’s focus: the B3 Aviator Jacket.

We Were Soldiers
Previously unpublished photography from the set of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.


Sofia Coppola discusses her steamy slice of southern gothic, The Beguiled; interview by Sophie Monks Kaufman

Bong Joon-ho opens up on his monstrous food industry satire, Okja; interview by David Jenkins

Aki Kaurismäki tells us about The Other Side of Hope with a 10am tipple in his hand; interview by David Jenkins

Daniel Clowes talks up the new adaptation of his graphic novel, Wilson; interview by Charles Bramesco

Michaël Dudok de Wit explains how he made The Red Turtle with the help of Studio Ghibli; interview by David Jenkins


Edgar Wright makes the dream getaway with Baby Driver, reviewed by Charles Bramesco

Ben Young remembers that serial killers have significant others in Hounds of Love, reviewed by Manuela Lazic

Nick Broomfield laments the sudden death of Whitney Huston in Whitney: Can I Be Me, reviewed by Sophie Monks Kaufman


Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont) reviewed by Phil Concannon
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi) reviewed by Glenn Heath Jr
Stockholm My Love (Mark Cousins) reviewed by Eve Watling
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra) reviewed by David Jenkins
Berlin Syndrome reviewed by Caitlin Quinlan
In This Corner of the World reviewed by Michael Leader
The Other Side of Hope reviewed by David Jenkins
Daughters of the Dust reviewed by David Jenkins
I Am Not Madame Bovary reviewed by Claire Langlais
By the Time It Gets Dark reviewed by Eve Watling
The Human Surge reviewed by David Jenkins
City of Ghosts reviewed by Trevor Johnston
After the Storm reviewed by Gabriela Helfet
The Big Sick reviewed by Mike McCahill
David Lynch: The Art Life reviewed by Anton Bitel
Edith Walks reviewed by David Jenkins
The Red Turtle reviewed by Anton Bitel
Churchill reviewed by Phil Concannon
Gifted reviewed by Elena Lazic
Wilson reviewed by David Jenkins

Home ents:

I Am a CeX addict – Elena Lazic explains the rationale behind her love of collecting second hand DVDs.

Plus reviews of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Daughter of the Nile, Jûzô Itami’s Tampopo, Bill Forsythe’s Housekeeping, Waris Hussein’s Melody, Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks, Sidney J Furie’s The Entity, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, Alan Clarke’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

LWLies 70: the Dunkirk issue is out now. Order yourself a copy or subscribe today via our online shop.

Published 23 May 2017

Tags: Christopher Nolan Fionn Whitehead Harry Styles Tom Hardy

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