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Ashley Clark

Freelance film journalist and film programmer

Ashley is a freelance film journalist and film programmer based in London. His writing has appeared in publications including Sight & Sound, bfi.org.uk, Little White Lies, The Guardian, Reverse Shot, Slant, Moving Image Source and Grolsch Film Works, among others. He currently works as Brochure Editor and Social Media Manager at Film Africa.

He edits UK film blog Permanent Plastic Helmet, under which banner he curates & introduces a regular programme of events at London’s Clapham Picturehouse.

Ashley is a member of the BFI African & Caribbean consultative group which programmes the monthly African Odysseys strand at BFI Southbank. He also has experience as an onstage interviewer and Q&A moderator.

Prior to embarking on a career in journalism, Ashley worked in marketing, events and administration for organisations including the BFI & Arts Council England.

Ashley can be contacted at ashcclark1 [at] gmail dot com

London, United Kingdom

Ashley Clark's portfolio

  • Features and interviews
  • James_mangold_wrkshop-640x518
    Grolsch Film Works 07/18/2013
    We sat down with the charming and candid Mangold in a particularly swanky London hotel to discuss his character-based approach, the film’s Japanese setting, and how the experience of making this blockbuster shared more in...
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    Moving Image Source 07/15/2013
    Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing as an American Epic
  • Spook
    bfi.org.uk 07/12/2013
    The revolution was not televised, but has it been filmed? With BFI Southbank screening a restored print of Herbert Danska’s Right On!, a powerful document of radical black politics in America at the end of the 1960s, Ashley...
  • Inkheart berlin film premiere ieexlm2_dewl
    Grolsch Film Works 07/12/2013
    Based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Sébastien Japrisot, Iain Softley’s Trap For Cinderella is a twisty, Nouvelle Vague-inspired thriller. Transplanted to London from its original French setting, it tells the story of a...
  • The-great-hip-hop-hoax
    Sight & Sound 07/11/2013
    I wrote about Chimeras and The Great Hip Hop Hoax as part of Sight & Sound's Sheff Doc/Fest coverage
  • Hero_gimme_the_loot
    Grolsch Film Works 06/27/2013
    I wrote a few words about why I think Gimme The Loot is one of the best films of the year so far
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    Grolsch Film Works 06/20/2013
    Shun Li and the Poet is the beautifully observed story of a Chinese immigrant (Xhao Tao) who finds herself unexpectedly transferred from a textiles factory on the outskirts of Rome to Chioggia, a small Venetian fishing village....
  • Hero_roger_ross_williams
    Grolsch Film Works 06/17/2013
    Recently the deserved winner of the Youth Jury Prize at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, God Loves Uganda is a revealing and frightening documentary focusing on the efforts of the American International House of Prayer [IHOP] to...
  • Hero_brazil_film_plastic_surgery
    Grolsch Film Works 06/10/2013
    To mark Lowe’s hilarious and frightening performance, here are ten films that dive into the weird, wacky world of plastic surgery.
  • Castro-theatre-san-franci-006
    The Guardian 06/04/2013
    An old-fashioned and ornate cinema in San Francisco's famous Castro District
  • Hero_romain_duris
    Grolsch Film Works 06/03/2013
    When discussing actor Romain Duris, it’s a little tough not to immediately descend into a torrent of adjectival clichés. So we might as well get them out of the way early. Duris is, in no particular order: suave, charismatic,...
  • Chicken.real.19701
    Sight & Sound 05/31/2013
    To the strains of rival cultural broadsides from Maria Miller and Steven Soderbergh, San Francisco’s venerable festival paid tribute to bygone visionaries and the power of art.
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    Grolsch Film Works 05/31/2013
    Veteran Irish director Neil Jordan returns this week with Byzantium, an odd and enjoyable fantasy-thriller which melds the sensual, female-focused imagery of his 1984 Angela Carter adaptation The Company of Wolves with the camp...
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    Sight & Sound 05/21/2013
    On the rise at New York’s downtown film festival this year: post-Hurricane Sandy transmedia, robot documentarists, Vine, lolcats, Facebook-chat reconstructions, a crowd-boggled Paul Verhoeven, cross-format histories from the...
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    Grolsch Film Works 05/17/2013
    French director Olivier Assayas is one of the most interesting and versatile talents working in world cinema today. Formerly a film critic for landmark publication Cahiers du Cinéma, his subsequent filmmaking career has taken...
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    bfi.org.uk 05/02/2013
    A vibrant tale of errant kids in the city, Gimme the Loot is the latest movie to fuse the irrepressible energy of youth with the teeming excitements of the Big Apple. Start spreading the news, here are our 10 great New York...
  • Tiff_05_michael_winterbottom
    bfi.org.uk 04/24/2013
    Michael Winterbottom is one of the UK’s most prolific, yet difficult to pigeonhole film directors. As his latest – The Look of Love, starring Steve Coogan as Soho sex magnate Paul Raymond – opens in cinemas, Ashley Clark offers...
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    The Quietus 04/10/2013
    Ashley Clark positions Ben Wheatley's Sightseers - available now on DVD - in a rich tradition of entertainment that represents the very worst of the English national character.
  • Wonderland
    Grolsch Film Works 04/09/2013
    Sean Bobbitt is one of the highest profile cinematographers working in cinema today. A string of stunning recent work has taken him to the top of his field, leading to a collaboration with director Derek Cianfrance for...
  • Hero_extrait_big-wednesday_1
    Grolsch Film Works 04/07/2013
    The title of 26-year-old Chilean Dominga Sotomayor’s quietly effective debut - family road trip saga Thursday Till Sunday - leaves us in do doubt as to which time period the film is set. And as we’re big fans of fierce...
  • Pennywoolcock-web-048new
    Sight & Sound 03/29/2013
    The director of Birmingham gang-peace documentary One Mile Away talks outsider empathy, police harrassment and social-enterprise DVD giveaways.
  • Hero_zac_efron_the_paperboy_film
    Grolsch Film Works 03/18/2013
    These are heady times for our generation’s erstwhile teen heartthrobs. In Lee Daniels’ sweaty hodgepodge The Paperboy (out now), one-time High School Musical poppet Zac Efron well and truly graduates to big school, spending the...
  • Gangsofwasseypur
    Sight & Sound 03/11/2013
    Seeing Indian cinema spreading its wings at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
  • Maluala7
    bfi.org.uk 03/08/2013
    There are hints of Sergio Leone in the revelatory work of namesake Sergio Giral, one of the greats of Afro-Cuban cinema, says Ashley Clark.
  • Hero_westworld
    Grolsch Film Works 03/07/2013
    Into UK cinemas this week comes Robot & Frank, a charming and funny tale about a retired cat burglar (Frank Langella) who has a softly-spoken robot butler foisted upon him by his son. Inspired by this heartwarming film, we’ve...
  • Hero_nicholas_jarecki
    Grolsch Film Works 02/26/2013
    Arbitrage is a slick and engaging new thriller starring an excellent Richard Gere as Robert Miller, a New York hedge fund manager who finds his carefully ordered life coming apart at the seams following a disastrous incident in...
  • Portrait_of_jason
    Little White Lies 02/22/2013
    A host of challenging documentaries at this year’s Berlinale exploded the boundaries between author, subject and audience.
  • Greenbush_02
    Sight & Sound 02/14/2013
    The festival’s ‘Journey into Indigenous Cinema’ strand found common ground (and tone) from Canada to New Zealand.
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    The Playlist 02/12/2013
    We've had the usual rotten start to moviegoing in 2013, but this Friday brings the first truly great film of 2013 in the shape of Pablo Larrain's "No."
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