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David Jenkins

David Jenkins is a journalist and movie fanatic who studied at Liverpool University and City University in London. He counts his main education as watching movies at the Renoir Cinema (RIP), the Curzon Soho, Liverpool Odeon and the Manchester Cornerhouse (RIP), as well as renting lots and lots of films from The Film Shop in Islington (RIP).

These days, he channels his love of film as editor of Little White Lies magazine. His other credits include The Guardian, Time Out London, Sight & Sound and Montages, among others. For him, every issue of LWLies that comes into the world is a career highlight, and with this he hopes to expand the legacy of an amazing and unique magazine.

Stewart Lee and Top Gear 14 Minutes

I’m a big fan of meta comedian Stewart Lee and I take every chance I can to re-watch this bit on political correctness and Top Gear. I occasionally watch it while on the toilet as the timing syncs up quite nicely.

Ex-Rent Hell presents Birth of a VHS Nation 15 Minutes

This was made as a piece of exclusive content before the term “exclusive content” was ever really a thing – for a series of VHS screenings at the Green Man Festival.

Anthea Turner being blown up by a pyrotechnic 20 seconds

I think this was maybe the first thing that ever made me cry with laughter on YouTube. I’ve watched it easily 1,000+ times. I hope Anthea T is okay though.

Meli Melo from Golden Eighties 3 Minutes

This is a musical interlude from Chantal Akerman’s 1986 shopping mall musical, Golden Eighties. It’s what happens when an experimental filmmaker goes self-consciously pop, but the song is also a real toe-tapper.

Anita O’Day at Newport Folk Festival 1959 singing Sweet Georgia Brown 8 Minutes

The highlight of Bert Stern’s superlative concert film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, and maybe the most beautiful example of this idiosyncratic chanteuse and maybe the all-time greatest female jazz singer.

La Merguez Partie by Les Musclés 5 Minutes

This is a shout-out to Little White Lies AD Laurene Boglio – her favourite song by her favourite band. And she likes it despite the fact that she is vegetarian. Les Musclés are a 1980s French fun band, the members of which also starred in a popular TV sitcom not entirely different to Mrs Brown’s Boys. Bernard Minet is perhaps the band’s creative engine, though Laurene’s favorite member is Claude Chamboissier, aka “Framboisier”, who died in 2015.

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