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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Issue 85: June/July/August 2020

The freshest and most credible voice in film, LWLies is the world's most stunning film source. Honest, unmerciful, relevant - and always beautiful.

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in this issue

14 min.
acts of love

There’s no shortage of cinema that indulges our appetite for good food – but in Lulu Wang’s 2019 sleeper hit The Farewell and Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning drama triptych Moonlight, eating becomes so much more than a mere act of sustenance. The former sees Awkwafina’s Billi attempting to conceal news of her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, and in doing so having to reconcile her melancholy with ever growing mountains of family-cooked meals. The latter, meanwhile, has Chiron (played in three different timeframes by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes), growing up in a world of poverty, abuse and seclusion, where food become a key source of personal stability. It seems appropriate, then, – for an issue dedicated to the intersections between food and film – to catch up with our favourite…

11 min.
my dinner with…

1 LEVAN AKIN ”I was traveling by train with a dear friend through southern Europe in the summer of 2013. It was a very hot summer and we passed our time sightseeing and trying out different local dishes often followed by laying in a food coma and watching films on a laptop. While in Nice we watched the documentary Blackfish and were shocked to find out the horrific reality of the Orcas and other sea creatures kept in captivity at Sea World. While in Milan, the YouTube algorithm suggested we watch a film called Earthlings. Not knowing what it was about other than animal welfare, we were curious and clicked the link. ”Watching Earthlings felt like sitting through a snuff film. We had to take breaks several times just to cry and…

5 min.
a feast for the senses

It was Apicius, the 1st Century Roman gourmand, who supposedly coined the phrase, “we eat first with our eyes.” As true now as it was then, it’s a statement that is apt for food on screen. In the digital age, film is the perfect vehicle to sate our visual hunger, and yet it is surprisingly hard to find excellent cinematic examples of our most delicious storyteller. So why, when we are saturated with food images in our daily lives, is filmic food so much more scarce? As a historian, I believe that to understand the present we must look at the past. So let me take you back to the early days of cinema, where food was rarely the focus. It was an object for action to happen around: a vehicle…

7 min.
vintage vittles

My kingdom for a kebab, a dollar slice, even a mediocre eggs benny – so long as I don’t have to make it myself. In the first few weeks of indefinite pandemic limbo, fresh-baked bread and elaborate, multi-part feasts flooded my social media feeds. It didn’t matter whether you were a seasoned home chef or a total novice – thrift and adaptability supplanted our pre-Covid #lifegoals, with aspirational sourdough starters and photo-ready pickle jars serving as grown-up merit badges. But this honeymoon period couldn’t last – as the weeks stretched on, trading recipes and sharing successes on the ’gram devolved into an endless pile of dirty dishes and panic-inducing trips to the local grocer. Can you forgive me for keeping my own boastful posts to a minimum? Where once I felt…

4 min.
the gourmands

If, as the saying goes, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it, it’s probably true that no one knows better how to put that into practice than movie people. For a few silver screen luminaries, eating and drinking lavishly in restaurants was among their chief temptations – and they certainly did yield to it. Columnist Liz Smith wrote of her friend Elizabeth Taylor’s enormous appetites in the late ’60s. ”God, I love food – and wine, I adore wine. Listen, I think I’ll have a hot fudge sundae,” she said, sitting with Richard Burton in an all-glass restaurant in Paris called Le Grande Cascade. The pair ordered mashed potatoes, white wine, steaks, and champagne, but were equally at home stuffing their faces with fried chicken…

8 min.
table talk

“When you enter a dinner party you enter this weird social contract, says Jeff Reichert co-director of Feast of the Epiphany along with Farihah Zaman and Michael Koresky. “How many of us have stormed out of a dinner party? No, you stay through to the end! We all have stories of horrible dinner parties that we’ve attended, and suffered through to the bitter end, after hours and hours. It’s a space where anything can happen because we are all bound around the table for the length of the meal.” Feast of the Epiphany is a meal of two halves. The first is a slightly theatrical fictional depiction of Abby (Nikki Calonge) preparing then hosting a dinner party in her Brooklyn apartment in the hope of soothing a bereaved guest. The second…