Films We Love: The Stuart Hall Project

Acclaimed British artist John Akomfrah uses archive film, home movies and photographs to create a portrait of Jamaican-born, British cultural studies pioneer Stuart Hall, all set to an irresistible soundtrack of Miles Davis’ music. We learn of how essential Hall was in the founding of the New Left Experience, as Akomfrah expertly uses the archives to move us through the major historical and cultural moments in the second half of the 20th century. Hall’s distinct perspective on how such changes contribute to a fluidity of British identity is never more relevant to the current political moment within the UK and internationally. Famed for his huge multi-screen video installations, Akomfrah succeeds in creating an engrossing sensory experience on just one screen, through a dazzling blend of sounds, music and images. “So packed with ideas, it’s invigorating to experience. Whether you lived through the changes depicted, or you’re learning about them for the first time, Akomfrah’s hugely accomplished film is sure to show you a fresh and energetic perspective.” – Screen Machine Team This screening is part of Films We Love: How We Live. For our third season, we’ve chosen films that represent the experiences closest to our own. Between July – December this year, we’re screening films from the past six years that we haven’t yet had a chance to share with our audiences, but that we hope you can relate to as much as we have. Each of the films in this selection explores the complexity of balancing the different pressures of belonging and identity. Whether it’s living and working rurally, navigating adolescence through barriers of class and status or reconciling racial tension with multiple cultural identities, these are all themes that feel acutely part of the fabric of how we live now. We have films here to make you laugh, think and cry, films to move you to action and feel the warmth of recognition. We hope you’ll see something of yourself in the ideas, characters and themes explored, just as we did. These are films we love – we hope you’ll love them too. Tell us what you think of Films We Love! We’ll listen to all the feedback on this project and use it to inform our future programmes. You can get in touch via: Twitter @screen_machine Facebook @thescreenmachine Instagram @screenmachine Email

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