Editor of film publication ‘Little White Lies’ David Jenkins talks about his publication ‘Filmmakers on Film: How They Create, Craft and Communicate’ now available to purchase

Every storyteller has their own way of conveying a set of ideas, skilled technicians instinctively able to craft engaging, memorable pieces of art that echo throughout the generations, whether they’re able to tap into the zeitgeist or expand perspective. This apparent within Hollywood’s cinematic history, the silver screen a vessel for innovation and a facet of popular culture contributing iconic moments that fuel conversation. Inspired by the works of a handful of the cinematic world’s greats, Little White Lies editor David Jenkins presents Filmmakers on Film: How They Create, Craft and Communicate, a publication consisting of a curated selection of quotations, images and interviews with a handful of iconic filmmakers including Sofia Coppola, Agnès Varda, David Lynch and Ava DuVernay amongst others. Currently available to purchase on various online platforms, David tells us more about curating the publication.
Hi David, your book Filmmakers on Film: How They Create, Craft and Communicate will be published on Thursday 5th May via Laurence Kay Publishing. How are you feeling ahead of the release?
Nervous. Both nervous-excited, and nervous-trepidation. You know you hear about filmmakers who never watch their own films once they’re done – well that’s kinda how I feel about my own writing. Yet, I understand where those filmmakers are coming from, as I’ve probably read this book cover-to-cover about 100 times, at least.
Filmmakers on Film: How They Create, Craft and Communicate is a thorough exploration and celebration of the most innovative multihyphenates working in film, from Sofia Coppola to David Lynch. What inspired you to explore their legacies further?
I think “legacy” is not really the right word here: I’m more looking at characteristics of personal style, and trying to deduce why each filmmaker in the book is distinctive and worth of discussion. Sofia Coppola is someone who is uniquely interested in young lives, and presents them in an ethereal (ie, non-hysterical way). David Lynch has the unique ability to layer-up different realms of perception and play them as both comedy and tragedy. I had to be very pithy writing this book as the wordcount was low, and that made the task of really boiling down these filmmakers to their concentrated essence that much harder.
The book is a selection of quotations, images and interviews – with it, revealing what matters most to the masters. How have you approached creating the book?
The main thing I did was watch a lot of movies and read quite a lot of books, though not too many books as I didn’t want to pilfer the ideas of others. I think a lot of ideas about filmmakers have come to me through a kind of osmosis, from years of listening to and reading the work of inspiring cinephiles, so their DNA is likely scattered through the book. My main approach, however, was to make the book approachable and talk about these filmmakers in terms that were simple and direct, with added context where needed. I had to be very selective about what I was including with each entry too – Ingmar Bergman made many, many films, and for my entry on him I chose to talk about two slightly lesser-known titles I found to be exemplars of his style.
What have you learned/taken away from creating the publication?
That there’s a richness to the work of great filmmakers that always reveals more and that evolves with time. I could watch a film like Hitchcock‘s Vertigo or Jacques Rivette‘s Celine and Julie Go Boating over and over, and each time find new seam to pick at. A great film offers infinite possibilities for interpretation.
What can readers expect?
As above, concise, concentrated celebrations of a wide range of great filmmakers.
What would you like for them to take away from the publication?
To watch the films I talk about, because I believe every one to be good. Also to tell friends, and go and explore the film magazine that I edit called Little White Lies.
Questions by Lucy Basaba.
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