The prospect of this anniversary issue has been something of an obsession for a number of years now. In the world of print magazines, you’re constantly asking yourself the question: how can we do something special? But something special that’s also achievable with the means at your disposal.
Thinking about this issue, the LWLies team and I wanted it to serve as a celebratory benchmark for our centennial – a difficult number to reach in the ultra-precarious world of independent publishing. We wanted the issue to look back and look forward, but also to not take its eye away from a present moment that captures the film industry in a state of curious flux.
Elsewhere in this issue we have new illustration work by Stéphanie Sergeant, Laura Backeberg, Drew Shannon, Ana Müshell, Frieda Ruh, Rumbidzai Savanhu and Nick Taylor.
Inside the issue
Essay 1: The Ghosts of Cinema Future
Charles Bramesco is worried that our streaming overlords are dropping the ball and suggests a clever course correction.
In the Beginning…
Thirty-nine great filmmakers from around the globe talk exclusively to LWLies about the impulse that led them down the rabbit hole of cinema. Includes new interviews with Wes Anderson, Lulu Wang, Mark Jenkin, Alice Rohrwacher, Davy Chou, Isabel Sandoval, Pedro Almodóvar and Christian Petzold.
Essay 2: The Ghosts of Cinema Present
Hannah Strong reflects on the state of the multiplex and ponders whether the cinemagoing experience will ever be the same again.
Summing up the cinema of LWLies’ lifetime (2005 to present) the only way we know how: with a load of irreverent top 10 lists.
Essay 3: The Ghosts of Cinema Past
Christina Newland opens her heart for a personal exploration into what it means to cherish old movies.
A visual journey through the LWLies publishing archives to demonstrate how the magazine has evolved over the years.
In the back section
Moviehunting: A guide to finding small gems
LWLies contributing editor Sophie Monks Kaufman charts her exploration at the fringes of film culture over the last decade, in search of rare, burnished jewels to call her own.
Interview: Joanna Hogg
Soma Ghosh meets the British filmmaker to discuss the subtleties and subtext of her intriguing, self-reflexive new work, The Eternal Daughter.
Interview: Carol Morley
David Jenkins chats with a filmmaker who naturally gravitates towards eccentrics and mysteries as she uncovers the life of lost artist Audrey Amiss in her new film, Typist Artist Pirate King.
Interview: Rodrigo Prieto
Anna Bogutskaya talks to Martin Scorsese’s current cinematographer of choice about the aesthetic decisions that went into the maestro’s new epic, Killers of the Flower Moon.
Ira Sachs’ Passages
Celine Song’s Past Lives
Anna Hints’ Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter
Todd Haynes’ May December
Molly Manning Walker’s How To Have Sex
Ken Loach’s The Old Oak
Babak Jalali’s Fremont
Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money
Carol Morley’s Typist Artist Pirate King
Cristian Mungiu’s R.M.N.
Clement Virgo’s Brother
Matt Johnson’s BlackBerry
Sebastián Silva’s Rotting in the Sun
Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall
Koji Fukada’s Love Life
Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon
Plus, Matt Turner selects six key home ents releases for your consideration, including Jean Rollin’s Night of the Hunted, Christopher Nolan’s Following, Kira Muratova’s The Long Farewell, Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace 4K, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s The Guard from the Underground and Ann Hui’s Visible Secret.
The third edition of Marina Ashioti’s column Sticky Gold Stars which celebrates LGBTQ+ cinema is inspired by the queer-tinged slow cinema offerings at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.
And there’s also a preview of all the great films playing at the 2023 London Film Festival.
A final big thank you to everyone at LWLies and TCO London whose tireless efforts and neverending hustle allowed all this to happen: Hannah Strong, Marina Ashioti, Adam Woodward, Saskia Lloyd Gaiger, Tertia Nash, Emma Balebela, Han Nightingale, Emily Sear, Kay Ogundimu, Vince Medeiros, Steph Pomphrey, Wendy Klerck, Simon Baker, Brian Clark and the entire team.