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Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark is a freelance film journalist and film programmer from London, based in New York. He is a recurring guest critic on the BBC’s Film show, writes for The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Village Voice, and VICE, among others; and his book Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (The Critical Press) is out now. Film series curated by Ashley include Inside Afrofuturism (BFI Southbank, Nov/Dec 2014), Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film (BAMcinématek, Apr 2015), and Behind the Mask: Bamboozled in Focus (BAMcinématek, Oct/Nov 2015).

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Articles by Ashley Clark

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  • Inside Afrofuturism: a sonic companion

    From Sun Ra and Public Enemy to Flying Lotus and Janelle Monáe, black musicians have adapted the themes and iconography of science fiction to imagine alternative black realities. Take a trip through the weird and wonderful world of Afrofuturism with our musical guide.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014


  • Vice to the west, red ice-hockey champs to the east: New York 2014

    From Gone Girl to Birdman via Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc and the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson and Nick Broomfield, this year’s New York Film Festival pulled some big-ticket premieres, reports Ashley Clark.

    Thursday, October 23, 2014


  • 10 great black British films

    With Destiny Ekaragha’s new comedy Gone Too Far! now only the fourth British film directed by a black woman to be released in cinemas in the UK, it felt the right time to ask: what are some of the best films about black British experience? 

    Thursday, October 9, 2014


  • The art of reckoning: Alex Gibney on Finding Fela

    The director of a new documentary about Nigerian musical and political radical Fela Kuti talks about people and power with Ashley Clark.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014


  • Jim Jarmusch: five essential films

    A handful of the very best films from the pioneering American indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, now into the fourth decade of his career.

    Monday, September 8, 2014


  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Lilting

    Ashley Clark admires a tender, potent study of loss and loneliness in fly-by-night London.

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Boyhood

    Twelve years go by in Richard Linklater’s ‘indie epic’, a simple, magical study of the subtle turns of life, says Ashley Clark.

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Fruitvale Station

    Ashley Clark admires writer-director Ryan Coogler’s calmy compassionate reconstruction of a day in the life and death of Oscar Grant, a black urban everyman and victim of police racism.

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • 10 great concert films

    With a new behind-the-scenes documentary of Pulp’s farewell gig raising the curtain on this year’s Sheffield/Doc Fest, we go backstage in the annals of film history to select 10 of the best concert movies.

    Thursday, June 5, 2014


  • 10 great films about brothers

    Fraternal frictions, jealousy and brotherly love run high in our list of 10 classic brother movies.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014


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