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The Stuart Hall Project (12A)

18 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Screening for Black History Month, this excellent documentary from 2013 is hugely relevant in 2020, as the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the importance of hearing about Black life from Black perspectives. The film is a sensitive, emotionally-charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. 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. Director John Akomfrah follows the chronology of Hall’s life through a mix of photos, music, audio and archive footage from key cultural moments – bringing to life Hall’s theories of identity as ‘the product of an endlessly ongoing conversation with everyone around you.’

Akomfrah very effectively showcases Hall’s keen perception and insights, and his ability to convey complex theoretical ideas in quite plain, human terms. The film also shows the roots of the struggle for Black British identity, and how that struggle has changed in different cultural moments. Cut together to 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. 

All tickets £6.50

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Black Union will be recording a Q&A discussion about the film with Lizelle Bischoff, Africa in Motion founder, on Tuesday 20 October. 

Add your questions and thoughts to the discussion by posting them on Facebook @RCSBlackunion, Instagram @rcsblackunion or Twitter @glasgowfilm

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  • Director John Akomfrah
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2013
  • Running Time 1h43m
  • Certificate 12A: Contains news footage of real injury and violence
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