Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A Very few words on The Stuart Hall Project (2013) DOC NYC 2013
Going into the Stuart Hall Project I had no idea who he is. Coming out of the film I still have no clue who he is. Not only don't I know who he is I have no clue as to why anyone would want to make a film about him or what his position is on anything.
Blame the filmmakers, who have crafted not a documentary but a tone poem made up of clips from programs he worked on out of the BBC archive. Its all joined together with Miles Davis recordings.
I have no idea what the point of it is and apparently several people who left the screening at the same time I did didn't either and they were fans of the Hall's.
I feel bad calling this the least film in both this years and last years DOC NYC especially since I saw the film right after telling one of the programmers how well the festival is put together, but on the other hand, I hadn't seen this film. This is the first time in two years at DOC NYC I had to question why a film was in the festival.
Avoid like the plague