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A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left – Stuart Hall’s ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. 

Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a Miles Davis soundtrack, John 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.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with writer Bill Schwarz.

MAC is grateful to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for support of our activities through the Windrush Day Grant Scheme.

Please see our current Visitor Guidelines. MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.

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