Ashley Clark

Freelance film journalist and film programmer

Ashley is a writer and film programmer from London, now based in New York. He has written for publications including The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Vice, Time Out, Reverse Shot, and Little White Lies; and he has programmed at venues including BFI Southbank, BAMcinématek, and Clapham Picturehouse. He has also appeared as a guest critic on BBC One’s film show.

Ashley is currently writing his first book, entitled 'Facing Blackness: Minstrelsy and the Media in Spike Lee's Bamboozled', to be published by The Critical Press in 2015.

Contact him at ashcclark1 [at] gmail dot com


Features and interviews

James Mangold - interview
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...
National Review
Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing as an American Epic
Be black, baby! An overview of Black Power on film
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...
Iain Softley - interview
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...
More bests of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013
I wrote about Chimeras and The Great Hip Hop Hoax as part of Sight & Sound's Sheff Doc/Fest coverage
The Best Films of 2013 So Far
I wrote a few words about why I think Gimme The Loot is one of the best films of the year so far
Andrea Segre - interview
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...
Sheff Doc/Fest 2013 interview - Roger Ross Williams
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...
Top 10 - freaky plastic surgery on film
To mark Lowe’s hilarious and frightening performance, here are ten films that dive into the weird, wacky world of plastic surgery.
Cine-files: Castro Theatre, San Francisco
An old-fashioned and ornate cinema in San Francisco's famous Castro District
In Focus: Romain Duris
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...
San Francisco 2013: Lost leaders
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.
Top 10 - female vamps
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...
The digital deluge: Tribeca 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...
Olivier Assayas interview
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...
10 great New York youth films
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...
Five roads to Michael Winterbottom
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...
"Feared & Respected": The English National Character In Sightseers
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.
In focus: the cinematography of Sean Bobbitt
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...
Top 10 - Movie titles: days of the week
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...
Penny Woolcock - interview
The director of Birmingham gang-peace documentary One Mile Away talks outsider empathy, police harrassment and social-enterprise DVD giveaways.
Top 10 - heartthrobs going serious
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...
Bollywood and beyond: Marrakech 2012
Seeing Indian cinema spreading its wings at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Sergio Giral: a giant of Cuban cinema
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.
Top 10 - robots
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...
Nicholas Jarecki - interview
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...
Five of the best: Docs from the Berlin Film Festival
A host of challenging documentaries at this year’s Berlinale exploded the boundaries between author, subject and audience.
Berlinale 2013: Return of the natives
The festival’s ‘Journey into Indigenous Cinema’ strand found common ground (and tone) from Canada to New Zealand.
Pablo Larrain - interview
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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