The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project

  • Director(s): John Akomfrah
  • Producer(s): Lina Gopaul, David Lawson
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Duration: 96 min
  • Language(s): United Kingdom
  • Format: HDCAM 1080/25p

Stuart Hall has been a leading intellectual and cultural theorist in the UK for more than 50 years -- appearing regularly on television and radio and fronting provocative, thoughtful documentaries. Director John Akomfrah returns to Doc/Fest with a masterful film essay made entirely from Hall's film, television, radio and photographic archives -- and a soundtrack from Hall's musical hero Miles Davis. Hall's central argument is that a person's identity is continually shaped by surrounding forces - he often uses his own experience as a Jamaican-raised part Scottish, part African, part Portuguese Jew to make his point. Not only does this remarkable film work as both a portrait of Hall himself and his adopted country, it is also an intriguing insight into how the UK has for many decades used the documentary form to explore questions of identity. C.N ‘There’s a truly cinematic quality to the imagery used, complemented beautifully by Hall’s running narration, as well as the music of Miles Davis’- Zeba Blay, Indiewire

Director Filmography
  • 2010, The Nine Muses
  • 2000, The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong
  • 1994, Seven Songs For Malcolm X
  • 1989, Testament
  • 1986, Handsworth Songs
Credits
Cinematographer(s):
Dewald Aukema
Editor(s):
Nse Asuquo
Sound Designer(s):
Trevor Mathison, Robin Fellows
Other(s):
Lizzie Francke
Director(s):
John Akomfrah
Producer(s):
Lina Gopaul, David Lawson