Now Showing – Cinefex 169

by Jody Duncan

Cinefex 169 - celebrating 40 years of the journal of cinematic illusions

We’re proud to present the 40th anniversary edition of Cinefex!

It was tempting to make this special celebratory issue, Cinefex 169, all about the past – after all, Cinefex is a grand old lady, and reminiscing is what grand old ladies do. But we quickly discarded the idea as too pat, too self-indulgent, too expected. Instead of looking back, we decided to look forward. We would talk to visual effects supervisors and directors, and though, inevitably, there would be some shuffling down Memory Lane, the focus of our discussions would be the future.

It was a big idea, but we think we’ve pulled it off.

Inside our 40th anniversary issue are interviews with George Lucas, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and Robert Zemeckis, all of whom have delivered some of the most spectacular and innovative films covered in the pages of Cinefex. We also offer a roundtable discussion of visual effects past, present and future with 21 Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisors.

We round out Cinefex 169 with detailed coverage of The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which seemed fitting for an anniversary issue of Cinefex. By launching a new era in visual effects, the original Star Wars was, in part, responsible for the magazine’s inception, and The Empire Strikes Back graced the covers of both our second and third issues.

All of us offer our profound thanks to readers, subscribers and advertisers for making Cinefex possible these 40 years. We trust we’ve given you something valuable in exchange for your support!

Cinefex 169 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will soon be landing in your mailbox. And don’t forget our iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs and exclusive video content.