John Akomfrah The Stuart Hall Project
John Akomfrah’s sweeping and majestic film The Stuart Hall Project takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the century of campaigning, and of global political and cultural change.
Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) was one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. A thinker and commentator, his peers include other giants of political commentary such as Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Alan Ginsberg, Michel Foucault and Gore Vidal.
This documentary navigates the many events and issues on which Hall theorised in his many TV broadcasts. These included the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the liberation struggles of the 1950’s and 60’s, the end of European colonialism, the end of the Cold War, the rise of feminism, the Balkan wars and the ongoing debates on race and class.
Blending archival footage, home movies, Hall’s television appearances and the music of Miles Davis, Akomfrah has created a film bursting with ideas that is also enormously entertaining, in no small measure due to the fact that Hall himself is such an engaging personality. James Greenberg - The Hollywood Reporter.
More about the film The Guardian
John Akomfrah (Ghana, 1957), courtesy Caroll/Fletcher (UK)
103 min, 2013
Writer & director: John Akomfrah
Producers: David Lawson and Lina Gopaul
Director of Photography: Dewald Aukema
Editor: Nse Asuquo
Composer: Trevor Mathison
Sound Design:Trevor Mathison and Robin Fellows
Dubbing Mixer: Robin Fellows
Archive Research: John Akomfrah, David Lawson, Lina Gopaul
Colourist: Tom Russell
5.1 Re-mix: Brendan Nicholson
Senior Production and Development Executive, British Film Institute Lizzie Francke Executive Producer, Smoking Dogs Films, Paul Gerhardt
BBC Executive Producers: Tony Ageh, Bill Thompson Production Company: Smoking Dogs Films Co-production Companies: British Film Institute Film Fund, Arts Council England, BBC Archive, Creation Rebel Films, The Open University, Time/Image