Producing an issue of Little White Lies under lockdown conditions has been a challenging and exciting task, a little like completing a Rubix cube against the clock while blindfolded and whistling ‘Frère Jacques’ on a loop. Okay, maybe not that tough. With cinemas closed, release schedules obliterated, the film industry on furlough and most people rightly squirrelling away in their homes to safeguard from viral infection, it meant that the option of making what you might see as a “regular” issue of the magazine was not there to be taken.
Yet necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and so the LWLies brain trust rubbed their heads together over a video conferencing platform and came up with something a little different: an issue dedicated to the intersections between the worlds of food and the worlds of film.
This idea was born from the fact that, during those early months of COVID lockdown, most of the world were in social unison and conversations that people were having tended to be about films and TV shows they had streamed, or recipes that they had tried with varying degrees of success. It was as if, when the taken-for-granted luxury of human contact was violently removed from the equation of how we live our daily lives, all that was left was food and film.
This issue is a celebration of how food is depicted on screen, how food can be used as a storytelling device in narrative cinema, it’s about cookbooks written by movie folk, and the eating habits of movie folk, and how food is prepared, photographed and served on movie sets, and of course, an answer to that eternal question: why does Brad Pitt spend so much time eating in his movies? It’s a way for readers to experience the vicarious pleasures of a hearty meal with friends, but also a look at how one of the most popular artforms of the modern age deals with a ritual that is vital to existence, but is so often taken for granted.
In this issue
Acts of Love
A personal conversation between cinema’s premiere supercouple, Barry Jenkins and Lulu Wang.
My Dinner With…
Six magnificent movie folk recall a memorable meal.
Collage de Cuisine
Ace cut-up artists Ben Giles, Oriane Dufort and Zach Sebastian remagine iconic scenes from movies by reappropriating images of food.
A Feast for the Senses
Food historian and artist Tasha Marks explores how seeing food and images of eating on screen can translate into real world sensory explosions.
Caroline Golum heads on a cooking odyssey with a copy of Photoplay magazine’s 1927 ‘Cookbook – 150 Favourite Recipes of the Stars’ under her arm.
Christina Newland offers a short history of the movie stars who loved to live high on the hog.
Sophie Monks Kaufman meets the makers of a brilliant new film which deconstructs the emotions and theatre that are the uninvited guest at every dinner party.
Most of us would rather not know what goes into movie gore, but as Charles Bramesco learns, much of it could be served at your average picnic.
A Matter of Taste
The hushed domestic dramas of Japanese maestro Ozu Yasujiro are powered by extraordinary and emotional dining scenes, argues Trevor Johnston.
Meals on Reels
Adam Woodward meets three professional film folk to explore the different, practical ways that they prepare and experiment with food for the camera.
Le Grande Nosh
Guest restaurant reviewer Jack Abelhammer (along with his ghost writer David Jenkins) tours Europe and the US to discover the finest fictional film eateries.
A Brad Pitt Eating Odyssey
One of the world’s most famous movie stars loves nothing more than to nonchalantly eat on screen. Hannah Woodhead investigates further.
Our spring issue celebrates first-time director Emerald Fennell’s scorching black comedy.
Our Jan/Feb issue pays tribute to Terrence Malick’s extraordinary World War Two drama.