Festival of Ideas May 2017
The Stuart Hall Project 12A
Highly acclaimed at the 2013 Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, The Stuart Hall Project, by award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of this cultural theorist.
A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies - and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left - Stuart Hall's resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery - television excerpts, home movies, family photos - with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah's filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall's intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.
With an introduction and post-screening Q&A with writer and curator Karen Alexander.