The Stuart Hall Project DVD

John Akomfrah, 2013


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Film Details

Directed by John Akomfrah

Produced in 2013

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

One of the most charismatic and inspiring voices of the postwar Left, Stuart Hall has profoundly influenced the academic landscape with his work in the field of cultural theory. Chronicling his life and career, The Stuart Hall Project is an intimate and engaging portrait from director John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses, Handsworth Songs).

John Akomfrah’s portrayal of the life and times of this public intellectual follows him from his working-class beginnings in Jamaica through to his arrival as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford in 1951, where he co-founded the New Left Review, and his subsequent career as the UK’s leading cultural theorist and architect of cultural studies at Birmingham University and later the Open University.

Using extensive archival imagery – home movies, family photographs and excerpts from Hall’s many film, television and radio appearances – Akomfrah's filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall's intellect. The film explores its themes of memory, race and identity through the juxtaposition of events from Hall’s life and a discourse on the wider social and political events of the second half of the 20th century.

Akomfrah’s soundtrack features a wide range of music by Miles Davis, Hall’s favourite musician, brilliantly chosen to reflect and comment on the film’s shifts in mood and tone as it moves through decades of change.

DVD Details

Certificate: 0

Publisher: BFI

Length: 95 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th January 2014

Cat No: BFIVD998

DVD Extras

  • The Stuart Hall Project Q&A (2013): John Akomfrah and Baroness Young in conversation at BFI Southbank
  • John Akomfrah and Stuart Hall Q&A with Parminder Vir (2013): audio recording from the ICA screening of The Stuart Hall Project
  • Black and White in Colour Rushes (1992): interview with John Akomfrah recorded for Isaac Julien’s Television, Memory, Race, from the BBC's 'Black and White in Colour' season
  • Original trailer
  • Optional 5.1 surround soundtrack
  • Illustrated booklet including a newly commissioned essay by Mark Fisher.

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