Author Spotlight

Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark is the curatorial director at the Criterion Collection. Previously, he worked as director of film programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and he has curated film series at BFI Southbank, the Museum of Modern Art, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, among other venues. He has contributed writing to publications including the New York Times, Film Comment, Reverse Shot, and Sight and Sound. His first book is Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” (2015).

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Small Axe: Seared into Consciousness

Steve McQueen’s monumental, five-film portrait of London’s West Indian community is a howl of endorsement for political resistance and a vivid indictment of institutional malaise.

By Ashley Clark

As Sure as the Sun Will Shine: Justine Henzell on The Harder They Come at Fifty

In celebration of the reggae classic’s anniversary, the daughter of director Perry Henzell reflects on the global influence of the film and its beloved soundtrack.

By Ashley Clark

Ghosts of the Future: A Conversation with Larry Achiampong

In a suite of four sci-fi-inflected short films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the British Ghanaian artist imagines a time in which Africa has ascended to prosperity but continues to grapple with the remnants of its colonial past.

By Ashley Clark

Secrets & Lies: Seen and Not Seen

Mike Leigh’s midcareer masterpiece is one of the finest examples of his ability to construct riveting drama from ordinary life.

By Ashley Clark

Touki bouki: Word, Sound, and Power

One of the most striking debuts in film history, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s unconventional picaresque forged new aesthetic paths for African cinema with its dreamlike narrative, discontinuous editing, and jagged soundscapes.

By Ashley Clark

Bamboozled: New Millennium, Same Bullshit

For one of the most provocative and eerily prescient films of his career, Spike Lee confronted the racist neo-minstrelsy that continues to pervade mass entertainment.

By Ashley Clark

To Sleep with Anger: You Never Know What’s in the Heart

Steeped in African American folklore, this sublime family portrait finds Charles Burnett departing from the naturalism of his early films and embracing elements of magic realism.

By Ashley Clark

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Alone Together in the City: One Scene from Naked

The disheveled drifter at the heart of Mike Leigh’s 1993 masterpiece collides with a disturbed young man in this brilliantly acted, semi-screwball scene.

By Ashley Clark

Black Girl: Self, Possessed

In his radical debut feature, Ousmane Sembène reveals the agony of the postcolonial experience through the story of a Senegalese migrant abused by her French employers.

By Ashley Clark