THE STUART HALL PROJECT

by John Akomfrah
THE STUART HALL PROJECT - IL PROGETTO STUART HALL

Informations

Nation: UK

Year: 2013

Length: 98'

31° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

“I was nine years old when Miles Davis put his hands on my soul,” thus spoke Stuart Hall, an eminent intellectual figure in the United Kingdom after World War 2. He is a charismatic character; drawing inspiration from Marx to Gramsci, he managed to catalyze the new generations’ enthusiasm around the concept of New Left, seeking a new path for a nation in the middle of tumultuous social and economic changes.

Director

John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah (London, UK, 1957) is considered a key figure in black British cinema. He founded the Black Audio Film Collective in 1982. Four years later, he made his directorial debut with the documentary Handsworth Song, followed by Testament (1989), making himself known in the international film festival circuit, winning awards and earning recognitions. Throughout his career, he has made about thirty projects, ranging from shorts to feature films, from documentaries to TV productions. Aside from working as a director, he is also head of Smoking Dog Films and Creation Rebel Films.

Filmography:
Handsworth Song (doc., 1986), Testament (1989), Who Need a Heart (1991), Seven Songs for Malcolm X (doc., 1995), The Last Angel of History (doc., 1995), Speak Like a Child (1997), The Call of the Mist (1998), The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong (doc., 1999), Digitopia (2000), Stalkers (2003), Wetin Dey (2006), The Nine Muses (doc., 2010), The Stuart Hall Project (doc., 2013).

Cast and Credits

REGIA, SCENEGGIATURA
John Akomfrah
FOTOGRAFIA
Dewald Aukema
MONTAGGIO
Nse Asuquo
MUSICA
Trevor Mathison
SUONO
Trevor Mathison, Robin Fellows
INTERPRETI
Stuart Hall
PRODUTTORI
David Lawson, Lina Gopaul
PRODUZIONE
Smoking Dogs Films
COPRODUZIONE
British Film Institute Film Fund, Arts Council England, BBC Archive, Creation Rebel Films, The Open University, TimeImage

Director statement

“Stuart Hall was a kind of rock star for us; a pop icon with brains whose very iconic presence on this most public of platforms – television – suggested all manner of ‘impossible possibilities.’ By just being there in our bedrooms and living rooms, he opened up pathways into that space that he has referred as the place of ‘the unfinished conversation,’ that space in which the dialogue between us and the external world begins, that place of identity. With him and through him we begun to ask the indispensable questions of that conversation: who are we, what are we and what could we become.”

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“I was nine years old when Miles Davis put his hands on my soul,” thus spoke Stuart Hall, an eminent intellectual figure in the United Kingdom after World War 2. He is a charismatic character; drawing inspiration from Marx to Gramsci, he managed to catalyze the new generations’ enthusiasm around the concept of New Left, seeking a new path for a nation in the middle of tumultuous social and economic changes.

Director All about direction

John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah (London, UK, 1957) is considered a key figure in black British cinema. He founded the Black Audio Film Collective in 1982. Four years later, he made his directorial debut with the documentary Handsworth Song, followed by Testament (1989), making himself known in the international film festival circuit, winning awards and earning recognitions. Throughout his career, he has made about thirty projects, ranging from shorts to feature films, from documentaries to TV productions. Aside from working as a director, he is also head of Smoking Dog Films and Creation Rebel Films.

Filmography:
Handsworth Song (doc., 1986), Testament (1989), Who Need a Heart (1991), Seven Songs for Malcolm X (doc., 1995), The Last Angel of History (doc., 1995), Speak Like a Child (1997), The Call of the Mist (1998), The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong (doc., 1999), Digitopia (2000), Stalkers (2003), Wetin Dey (2006), The Nine Muses (doc., 2010), The Stuart Hall Project (doc., 2013).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

REGIA, SCENEGGIATURA
John Akomfrah
FOTOGRAFIA
Dewald Aukema
MONTAGGIO
Nse Asuquo
MUSICA
Trevor Mathison
SUONO
Trevor Mathison, Robin Fellows
INTERPRETI
Stuart Hall
PRODUTTORI
David Lawson, Lina Gopaul
PRODUZIONE
Smoking Dogs Films
COPRODUZIONE
British Film Institute Film Fund, Arts Council England, BBC Archive, Creation Rebel Films, The Open University, TimeImage

Director statement Read more

“Stuart Hall was a kind of rock star for us; a pop icon with brains whose very iconic presence on this most public of platforms – television – suggested all manner of ‘impossible possibilities.’ By just being there in our bedrooms and living rooms, he opened up pathways into that space that he has referred as the place of ‘the unfinished conversation,’ that space in which the dialogue between us and the external world begins, that place of identity. With him and through him we begun to ask the indispensable questions of that conversation: who are we, what are we and what could we become.”