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LWLies 78: If Beale Street Could Talk issue – On sale now!

For their latest print edition, Little White Lies magazine is celebrating the life and career of famed American author James Baldwin, taking inspiration from a stunning new adaptation of his 1974 novel ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ from director Barry Jenkins.

Inside the issue we speak to Jenkins about the mammoth task of transposing Baldwin’s prose to the big screen, and praise his volume of poetic film criticism, ‘The Devil Finds Work’. Elsewhere, filmmaker RaMell Ross offers a new way to capture black lives on film, while New York writer Mark Asch takes us on a whirlwind tour through the cinematic streets of Harlem.

A portrait of Beale Street star Kiki Layne graces the cover, courtesy of Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator Bijou Karman. Unique faces, strong women, nostalgia, flora and the California landscape all inspire her work.

The film has already picked up three Golden Globes awards, and we’re pretty pleased to see Barry Jenkins show his love for the latest issue on Twitter this week.


Inside this issue…

On If Beale Street Could Talk
Tayler Montague offers a personal reflection on Barry Jenkins’ latest opus.

In My Heart: A conversation with Barry Jenkins
The Oscar-winning writer/director explains how he cracked James Baldwin with his wonderful new film, If Beale Street Could Talk.

This Is Love
Keith Uhlich writes in praise of James Baldwin’s volume of poetic film criticism, ‘The Devil Finds Work’.

On the Shoulders of Giants
Actor Colman Domingo on how he fell hard for the writings of James Baldwin.

A Theory of Black Aesthetics
RaMell Ross, the director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening, offers a new way to capture black lives on film.

Journeys special: Indie Memphis
Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison charts a bold new direction for this Southern celebration of modern indie cinema.

Harlem Shuffle
Accompany Mark Asch on a whirlwind tour through the cinematic streets of Harlem, NYC.

Soul Music Selections
Ten supremely soulful wax platters and how they made their way to the movie screen, as selected by Caroline Golum

Nicholas Britell: Track by Track
The composer tells the story of his If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight soundtracks.

Fly Posters
We delve into the Separate Cinema Archive to look at a selection of American movie posters from the early 1970s.

Christina Newland looks at the importance of the iconic prison jumpsuit on film.

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Bindi Kaufmann