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Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark is a freelance journalist and film programmer who divides his time between London and New York. His writing has appeared in Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Reverse Shot, Time Out, Moving Image Source, Little White Lies, Film Comment, and VICE, among others. He is currently writing his first book, Facing Blackness: Minstrelcy and the Media in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. He has programmed at venues including BFI Southbank and Clapham Picturehouse in London.

He tweets as @_Ash_Clark

Articles by Ashley Clark

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  • 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

    As BFI Southbank mounts a major retrospective of the pioneering American indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, we choose five of his very best films from a career now into its fourth decade.

    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, celebrating the nationwide rerelease of the James Dean classic East of Eden.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014


  • A short history of black US indie cinema

    From silent pioneer Oscar Micheaux via blaxploitation and Spike Lee to little-known gems like Sidewalk Stories, we chronicle the rise of the black American indie film in five chapters.

    Friday, March 14, 2014


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