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The films defining now: our autumn issue is here!

Fronting the new issue of Dazed, actors Isaiah Stone, Helena Howard, Jack Kilmer and Jaden Smith shine in the defining films of the season

2018 has been a vintage year for outsider film, especially the kind that tell essential stories about young adulthood. For our autumn issue — out internationally today — we focus on four films that, in their own way, define coming of age in the modern world.

Heading up two of our five covers, Leave No Trace’s Isaiah Stone is captured by Ben Toms in a shoot reflecting his evolution from suburban teen skater to screen realist. Also fronting the issue, Jaden Smith trips out in front of Roe Ethridge’s lens alongside the all-female cast of Skate Kitchen; Jack Kilmer channels his Lords of Chaos role as a doomed metal-head in a dark shoot by Casper Sejersen; and Helena Howard reveals the strange magic that made her the beguiling lead in Madeline’s Madeline in a shoot by Brianna Capozzi.

Elsewhere in the issue, we look at the young Latinx creative scene in LA, Tommy Cash talks about his indefinable sound, Matthew Finn shares tender stills from the golden age of the British art school and Dapper Dan traces his journey from Harlem hustler to Gucci collaborator.

Isaiah Stone photographed by Ben Toms, styled by Danny Reed

Helena Howard photographed by Brianna Capozzi, styled by Emma Wyman

Jack Kilmer photographed by Casper Sejersen, styled by Nell Kalonji

Jaden Smith photographed by Roe Ethridge, styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell