Little White Lies #79

Little White Lies is a movie magazine, launched in 2005 it has since become renowned for its independent ethos and iconic covers. It captures the excitement of talking about movies with good friends by bringing together impassioned, intelligent writing and striking illustration. 

The front section is dedicated to an upcoming theatrical release, drawing inspiration from the themes and visual tone of the carefully selected film. The back section features essential reviews of the latest movie releases, plus exclusive interviews, festival reports and more.

Issue 79


A magazine dedicated to one of the true modern alchemists of cinema, Claire Denis. Her 2000 film Beau Travail acted as a kind of gateway drug, revealing the power, the possibilities and the expressive enchantments of narrative film.

In 2019, she unleashes onto the world a stirring and strange space odyssey called High Life. It’s a journey to the outer edges of the universe, set at a time when humanity is now little more than a walking, talking science experiment. Robert Pattinson, again showing exemplary taste in his choice of collaborators, leads a cast of reprobates who have been saved from a death sentence by giving their bodies over to a mysterious mission being overseen by lascivious sex banshee, Juliette Binoche.

Claire de Lune David Jenkins writes on the life-altering qualities found in the films of this vital, singular director, and meets her to chat about her cosmic freakout, High Life.

Altered States Hannah Woodhead talks to Robert Pattinson about his chameleonic acting career, and he explains why he worships at the altar of Claire Denis.

American Dreams Elena Lazic surveys the career of Juliette Binoche, focusing exclusively on her work in English-language films.

2069: A Space Erotica Odyssey Charles Bramesco voyages to the outer-reaches of the galaxy in search of a cinematic good time. discussion of her cosmic freak-out, High Life.

The Claire Denis Solar System The films of the French maestro presented as their own majestic celestial map.

The Sensual World Five personal essays explore the cinematic landscape of Claire Denis, each inspired by one of the five senses.

Threads Christina Newland’s column on fashion and film explores the iconic mystique of the space helmet

In the back section…

Hannah Woodhead talks immersive performance and cats with Josephine Decker, director of the wonderful Madeline’s Madeline; Manuela Lazic picks apart the poetic modern slavery parable, Happy as Lazzaro, with its director, Alice Rohrwacher; David Jenkins talks LA, RPG computer games and filming toilets with David Robert Mitchell, director of Under the Silver Lake; and Hannah Woodhead talks to Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher, director and star of middle school-set comedy of teen manners, Eighth Grade.

Plus, reviews of the key new releases for March, April and May; a deep dive into the work and career of Hong Kong action maestro, Sammo Hung, by Nick Pinkerton; Jaime Christley and David Jenkins offer some home entertainment picks; Hannah Woodhead reports back on her revelatory trip to the Sundance Film Festival; Matt Turner explores the intersection between memes and movies at the Rotterdam Film Festival; and Ian Mantgani pans for gold at the Berlin Film Festival.