Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Sundance 2013 Preview: John Akomfrah's 'Stuart Hall Project'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 3, 2012 at 2:27PM

Sundance 2013 Preview: John Akomfrah's 'Stuart Hall Project'
4
Stuart Hall

A related project we first discovered about 2 months ago, premiered at the Liverpool Biennial 2012, which ran through November 25. 

British/Ghanaian filmmaker John Akomfrah was commissioned by Autograph ABP to direct a new film titled The Unfinished Conversation

Autograph ABP is a charity that works internationally to educate the public in photography, by addressing issues of cultural identity and human rights. 

Here's how they describe The Unfinished Conversation:

The film examines the nature of the visual as triggered across the individual’s memory landscape, with particular reference to identity and race. In it, academic Stuart Hall’s memories and personal archives are extracted and relocated in an imagined and different time, reflecting the questionable nature of memory itself. This multi-layered three-screen installation investigates the theory that identity is not an essence or being but instead a becoming, where individual subjectivities are formed in both real and fictive spaces.

Stuart Hall is a Jamaican cultural theorist and sociologist who has lived and worked in the UK since 1951. He was President of the British Sociological Association from 1995-1997.

While the work was presented as more of an art installation, in a three-screen format, the director did say that he was developing a traditional single-screen version that he hoped woul be screened in mainstream cinemas and broadcast on TV sometime in 2013.

And now, scheduled to make its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month is Akomfrah's The Stuart Hall Project, which is in effect that single-screen mainstream version he talked about a couple of months ago, and is described as follows:

Antinuclear campaigner, New Left activist and founding father of Cultural Studies, this documentary interweaves 70 years of Stuart Hall’s film, radio and television appearances, and material from his private archive to document a memorable life and construct a portrait of Britain’s foremost radical intellectual.

So essentially, a doc-bio-pic on Hall.

No media to look at yet, unfortunately. The image above is of Stuart Hall.

I did come across one review on the Telegraph's website by Mark Hudson who really loved the Liverpool Biennial version of the work, calling it a beautiful and moving film about Stuart Hall.

Here's s snip:

Akomfrah’s film stands out as a work of substance that says important things about what Britain has become over the last half century. If Hall isn’t quite a household name, much less an ackowledged national treasure, this film will convince you he should be both. Unfolding simultaneously over three screens, it evokes the colonial Jamaica in which he grew up and the cold, foggy Britain to which he came as a student to Oxford in 1951. But what really illuminates the experience is Hall’s keen intelligence and patent decency, as he expounds in his gently musical voice on his discovery of personal and ethnic identity. Hall, the darkest-skinned member of an aspiring middle-class Jamaican family of mixed Portuguese-Jewish, African and English descent, felt an outsider even in his own home as a child, and no less alienated as a student at Oxford among the British upper classes. It was only when, in 1968, he turned a mental corner and decided to define himself as black, as opposed to merely West Indian, that Hall achieved a degree of equanimity.

You can read Hudson' full review HERE.

The Unfinished Conversation is funded by Grants For ArtsArts Council England and supported by the BluecoatNew Art ExchangeNottingham and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American ResearchHarvard University, Royal College Inspire Programme and Akomfrah's own Smoking Dogs Films Production company.

Stay tuned for a first look when we have one.

This article is related to: John Akomfrah


Shadow & ActNewsletter