Little White Lies (magazine)

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Little White Lies
Editor David Jenkins
Categories Film
Frequency Bi-monthly
Publisher TCOLondon
First issue 2005
Language English

Little White Lies is an internationally-distributed movie magazine. It has been described as one of the "magazines at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement." [1] It is known for its unique style of reinterpreting films through illustration, changing aesthetic and style with each issue to reflect the spirit of the cover film. It is published by London-based media company TCOLondon, who also publish the DIY culture magazine Huck Magazine.[2]


Little White Lies rose out of the ashes of Adrenalin, an adventure sports and lifestyle magazine. When Adrenalin's publisher went bankrupt, a group of friends working there decided to turn designer Danny Miller's student degree project "Little White Lies: Issue Zero" into a full-fledged magazine.[3]


The design of each issue of Little White Lies is inspired by its feature film, often represented on the cover by an illustration of its lead actor. The cover film also influences interior aspects, such as editorial icons, chapter headings and custom typefaces. However, the overall template of the magazine remains the same.

Content and Ranking system[edit]

Little White Lies' content is split into three acts: the lead review, a series of feature articles inspired by the cover film, and the reviews section, which also includes interviews with directors and stars of upcoming movies. The magazine uses a three part ranking system.[4] The categories (Anticipation, Enjoyment and In Retrospect) are marked out of 5 and accompanied by explanatory text.


Little White Lies has been described as "the best-designed film magazine on the shelf" by The Guardian.[5]


The first Little White Lies book, "What I Love About Movies," was due to be published by Faber and Faber in November 2014. The book is a collection of responses from directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola and actors including Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Helen Mirren to the magazine's signature question: What do you love about movies?[6]


Little White Lies is distributed worldwide. The magazine is also stocked in many of the UK's leading independent cinemas including all Curzon Cinemas, Picturehouse Cinemas and Everyman Cinemas.

Collaborations with "Huck" magazine[edit]

"Little White Lies" is published by creative agency The Church of London, who also produce Huck magazine. The cover film of issue 26 of "Little White Lies" was Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze. The Church of London commissioned illustrator Geoff McFetridge to produce a cover for "Little White Lies" and a cover for "Huck" which interacted with one another.

Past Issues[edit]

Issue Date Cover Film
1 March/April 2005 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2 June/July 2005 Sin City
3 September/October 2005 Land of the Dead
4 November/December 2005 Jarhead
5 February/March 2006 Romance & Cigarettes
6 May/June 2006 Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!
7 August/September 2006 Volver
8 October/November 2006 Marie Antoinette
9 December 2006/January 2007 Babel
10 February/March 2007 Chinese Film Special Issue
11 April/May 2007 This Is England
12 July/August 2007 Tales from Earthsea
13 September/October 2007 Control
14 November/December 2007 The Darjeeling Limited
15 January/February 2008 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
16 March/April 2008 Persepolis
17 May/June 2008 Gone Baby Gone
18 July/August 2008 Man on Wire
19 September/October 2008 Gomorrah
20 November/December 2008 The Silence of Lorna
21 January/February 2009 Che
22 March/April 2009 Let the Right One In
23 May/June 2009 Star Trek
24 July/August 2009 Mesrine
25 September/October 2009 An Education
26 November/December 2009 Where the Wild Things Are
27 January/February 2010 The Road
28 March/April 2010 Kick-Ass
29 May/June 2010 Tetro
30 July/August 2010 The Future Issue
31 September/October 2010 Carlos
32 November/December 2010 Tron: Legacy
33 January/February 2011 Black Swan
34 March/April 2011 Attack the Block
35 May/June 2011 Apocalypse Now
36 July/August 2011 The Skin I Live In
37 September/October 2011 Drive
38 November/December 2011 Another Earth
39 January/February 2012 Shame
40 March/April 2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
41 May/June 2012 Midnight Movies Double Bill (The Raid and The Innkeepers)
42 July/August 2012 Lawless
43 August/September 2012 On the Road

A Magazine Is Born[edit]

In January 2011, the creators of "Little White Lies" released a video called "A Magazine Is Born". The 1.54 clip depicts the two-month process of creating issue 33 of "Little White Lies" (The Black Swan Issue) from initial conception to the final printed item.[7] The clip is set to "A Swan is Born" by Clint Mansell from the soundtrack of Darren Aronofsky's film Black Swan.


  1. ^ "Graphic Design: New Human After All book is a treasure trove of mag design insights". June 13, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Channels". Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "8.1 / Massive black truth / Danny Miller". October 28, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ The Guardian on 20 July 2005/ The Guardian
  5. ^ "Little White Lies Weekender, Cinema Palestino: film festival previews". November 30, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Faber snap up film, fiction and music". October 11, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
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