Great British Documentaries

“In documentary we deal with the actual, and in one sense with the real. But the really real, if I may use that phrase, is something deeper than that. The only reality which counts in the end is the interpretation which is profound.” – John Grierson. With Sight & Sound’s recent poll for best documentaries (September 2014), I wanted to explore some of the British … Continue reading Great British Documentaries

The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah (BFI).

From its opening declarations, John Akomfrah’s documentary on Stuart Hall, The Stuart Hall Project (2013) explicitly acknowledges that it is going to be condensing fifty years of complex history and ideology into its relatively short running time.  Akomfrah achieves this in an unusual but extraordinary way by linking the ideas and history of the public intellectual with his passion for the music of Miles Davis.  … Continue reading The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah (BFI).

The Unexpected Guest – The Bluecoat (Liverpool Biennial 2012).

This year’s hub of Biennial activity largely seems to flow towards The Bluecoat arts centre.  With its visitor hub being housed in the space’s reception, which is now haven for art enthusiasts as well as volunteers eager for their expenses, there’s a buzz around the usually tranquil area that is addictive and fitting to the Biennial’s theme this year. Even before entering the main exhibition … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – The Bluecoat (Liverpool Biennial 2012).