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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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  • 10 great documentaries about iconic musicians

    The best documentary portraits of great musicians are precious glimpses into often turbulent lives of creativity and genius.

    Friday, June 16, 2017


  • A short history of black US indie cinema

    From silent pioneer Oscar Micheaux via blaxploitation and Spike Lee to the sensational acclaim for Moonlight, we chronicle the rise of the black American indie film in five chapters.

    Friday, February 17, 2017


  • 10 great films of 1997

    Prepare to feel old: these 1997 greats celebrate their 20th anniversary this year…

    Thursday, January 12, 2017


  • From the Magazine

    Burning illusions: the long road to black British film stardom

    Black actors have been a presence in British films since the early years of cinema, but a depressing lack of opportunities has forced the vast majority to rely on the small screen to help ends meet or to cross the Atlantic in search of real fame and creative fulfilment, writes Ashley Clark.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016


  • Nonfiction haven: Camden, Maine’s festival on the rise

    A burgeoning US hub for the cinematic documentary scene, New England’s Camden International Film Festival encompasses multitudes – including, this year, a standout six-minute archival portrait of municipal farce and hubris. Ashley Clark reports.

    Monday, October 31, 2016


  • Hip-hop, don’t stop: inside The Get Down

    A new generation bigs up the first days of hip-hop in Baz Luhrmann and co.’s Bronx musical. Ashley Clark visits the cast and crew on set.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016


  • Making ground: remembering Kathleen Collins

    As the reputation of Kathleen Collins’ enrapturing, semi-autobiographical Losing Ground finally grows, nearly 35 years after its release, Ashley Clark pays tribute to its late maker and her all-too-brief career.

    Monday, May 23, 2016


  • Washed away: lost films by female directors

    Cinema’s pre-segregated heyday of female filmmaking is sadly also its most hidden from history. Here seven critics nominate lost treasures they hope might yet be rediscovered.

    Friday, October 2, 2015


  • The White Knights – first look

    Joachim Lafosse’s thriller works ethical wonders with the true story of a group of best-intentioned child abductors in war-torn Chad, says Ashley Clark.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Sunset Song – first look

    Of time and the country: Terence Davies composes an epic, gracious if uneven testament to Scottish farming bygones from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel, says Ashley Clark.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Reviews and recommendations

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