The listing marks the third film in which the Grierson Trust has recognized the work of John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul and David Lawson with ‘Handsworth Songs’ winning the main award in 1987 for Best Documentary and ‘Stan Tracey: The Godfather of British Jazz’ nominated for Best Art Documentary in 2002.
David Lawson, the co-producer of ‘The Stuart Hall Project’, said, “we are delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award, in the company of some truly wonderful films.” He added that, “the nomination is a befitting tribute to Stuart Hall, who sadly passed away in February this year.”
John Akomfrah, the director noted, "I am deeply honoured by this nomination and recognition."
Lina Gopaul, the co-producer, added “it is fantastic that through the film's listing, Stuart Hall, who has done so much for British culture and politics over his lifetime is given this recognition and Smoking Dogs Films would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the project become a reality - especially the British Film Institute, Stuart Hall, the Hall Family, and BBC Motion Gallery without all of whom the film would not have been possible.”
Direcected by John Akomfrah ‘The Stuart Hall Project’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and then to the Sheffield, Mumbai, Rio, Trinidad and Tobago, DOC NYC, Torino and other film festivals . Distributed by the British Film Institute, Wavelength Pictures and Smoking Dogs Films the film went on to enjoy a successful cinema run in Europe and the United Kingdom and an educational release in the United States.
‘The Stuart Hall Project’ is a deeply moving intimate and engaging portrait of Stuart Hall, British public intellectual, co-founder of the New Left Review and a founding figure of British cultural studies, whose work in cultural theory has profoundly influenced the British political landscape. Seamlessly using Hall’s radio and television archive, events from Hall’s life, rare, long since seen archival footage and a discourse on the major social, historical and political events that shaped the twentieth century. Set with a mesmerizing soundtrack featuring Miles Davis the film takes you through a kaleidoscopic journey through Hall’s life.
Smoking Dogs Films have created several films that have exhibited on multiple platforms with the company operating simultaneously in the worlds of art, broadcast and cinema. The Stuart Hall Project follows on from a three-channel gallery installation ‘The Unfinished Conversation’ which was recently exhibited at Tate Britain, Sharjah, Liverpool and the Taipei Biennales.
Production Coordinator, Ashitey Akomfrah added, "The Grierson nomination caps a busy period for Smoking Dogs Films who were recently shortlisted for a 2014 BAFTA Television Award for ‘Martin Luther King and The March on Washington’ (BBC & PBS), have just finished shooting a new art installation for The River Tamar Project, ‘Tropikos’, exhibiting in Plymouth, October 2014, and a short documentary for the British Council archives, entitled 'The Silence'."
Past Award winning films include: The Nine Muses and it’s gallery prequel Mnemosyne, Who Needs A Heart, Seven Songs For Malcolm X, The Last Angel Of History, The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong, The Genome Chronicles, Perpeteia, Testament and The Call Of Mist Redux.