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

Grolsch Film Works

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...

Moving Image Source

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...

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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...

Sight & Sound

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

Grolsch Film Works

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

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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...

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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...

Grolsch Film Works

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.

The Guardian

Cine-files: Castro Theatre, San Francisco

An old-fashioned and ornate cinema in San Francisco's famous Castro District

Grolsch Film Works

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...

Sight & Sound

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.

Grolsch Film Works

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...

Sight & Sound

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...

Grolsch Film Works

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...

The Quietus

"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.

Grolsch Film Works

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...