Smoking Dog Films

  • Mimesis: African Soldier

    Commemorating the African and colonial soldiers who fought, served and perished during The Great War.

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  • Precarity

    Charting the dark tragedy of Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden the undisputed king of New Orleans music scene in the early 1900’s - institutionalised in his early thirties and never seen in public again.

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  • Purple

    The second in the trilogy of projects that focus on the vitality and volatility of the natural world, Purple concentrates on the human impact on the environment and the (be) coming of the Anthropocene.

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  • The Airport

    The Airport is a three screen film installation which recalls the work of two filmmaking greats: Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) and Theo Angelopolous (1935-2012).

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  • Auto Da Fé

    Presented as a poetic period drama, the film depicts a series of eight historical migrations over the last 400 years, starting with the little known 1654 fleeing of Sephardic Jews from Catholic Brazil to Barbados.

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  • Tropikos

    Filmed on the River Tamar, Plymouth and surrounding areas, Tropikos is set during the 16 th century, England’s bold and daring ‘age of discovery’ in which voyages to the ‘New World’ and Africa were becoming more frequent.

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  • All That Is Solid

    All That Is Solid is concerned with transience and the impossibility of capturing the unrecorded voice and the undocumented past.

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  • Vertigo Sea

    A meditation on the aquatic sublime, Vertigo Sea brings together a collection of oblique tales and histories that speak to the multiple significances of the ocean and mankind’s often troubling relationship with it.

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  • The Silence

    The Silence uses the Collection film Education Of The Deaf (1946) as its narrative spine, to explore the implication of lives lived in silence, through multiple strands of one central life.

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  • Transfigured Night

    Transfigured Night draws its inspiration from two sources of the same name - Verklärte Nacht - the German poem by Richard Dehmel from 1896 and the musical composition by Arnold Schoenburg in 1899.

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  • Three Degrees of Proximity to the Disaster

    To celebrate the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, 70 directors from around the world agreed to make a short film.

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  • Martin Luther King and The March on Washington

    The BAFTA Nominated ‘Martin Luther King and The March on Washington’ is the titanic documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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  • The Stuart Hall Project

    ‘The Stuart Hall Project’ is the intimate and engaging portrait of Stuart Hall, the Jamaican born pubic intellectual and co-founder of the New Left Review.

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  • Hauntologies

    'Hauntologies’ was John Akomfrah’s first solo show and is a personal meditation on disappearance, memory and death.

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  • The Call of Mist

    Set on the remote Scottish island of Skye The Call of Mist is an elegy to Akomfrah’s late mother, who died shortly before the commission. A vivid meditation on death, memory and cloning.

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  • Psyche

    In Psyche, John Akomfrah blends fragments taken from seminal films that have influenced him.

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  • At the Graveside of Tarkovsky

    A homage to Russian film giant Andrei Tarkovsky, this work integrates excerpts of soundtracks from Tarkovsky’s films with a slideshow of landscapes shot by Akomfrah.

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  • The Unfinished Conversation

    This multilayered and immersive installation investigates how identity is not an essence or being but instead a ‘becoming’, a product of history, memory and the intersections of the public and private.

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  • Peripeteia

    Peripeteia takes as its starting point two drawings by the 16th century artist Albrecht Dürer, Head of a Negro Man (1508) and Portrait of the Moorish Woman Katharina (1520).

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  • The Nine Muses

    Structured as an allegorical fable, The Nine Muses is a stylized and idiosyncratic telling of the history of mass migration from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia to rebuild post-war Britain.

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  • Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne refers to the mother of the Nine Muses, the personification of memory in Greek mythology.

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  • Oil Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disater

    Shot in the austere and beautiful wilderness of Alaska, the film plots the trajectory of the disaster through candid interviews with members of the crew of the Exxon Valdez.

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  • The Genome Chronicles

    The Genome Chronicles is an epic investigation, unbounded by traditional notions of time, into the relationship between image and memory.

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  • Urban Soul

    Urban Soul is the feature length documentary on the biggest, sexiest and most glamorous form of pop music in the world: R&B.

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  • Marah Carey: Billion Dollar Baby

    Mariah Carey delves into the world of the biggest selling female pop artist of all time who’s biracial roots were discretely covered up by the music industry.

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  • Riot

    During the long hot summer of 1981 Toxteth, Liverpool was to become the site of the most turbulent eruption of civil disorder to take place on mainland Britain this century.

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  • A Death In The Family

    A film about greed and desire.

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  • Digitopia

    Digitopia is a film in search of the emotional undercurrents of the digital.

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  • Martin Luther King: Days of Hope

    Martin Luther King - Days of Hope is a revealing portrait of the private life and inner struggles of Martin Luther King Junior.

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  • Goldie: When Saturn Returnz

    Goldie: When Saturn Returnz takes us on a roller coaster ride through the frenetic life of the Godfather of Drum and Bass.

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  • Speak Like A Child

    Speak Like A Child is the story of the relationship between three young friends, Sammy, Billy and Ruby, whose lives are changed irrevocably by an event that spirals out of control.

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  • Memory Room 451

    Memory Room 451 is the most extreme vision of the Neo-Expressionist aesthetic the Black Audio Film Collective pursued throughout the 1990s.

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  • The Last Angel Of History

    The Last Angel of History is a sci-fi documentary about Africa, history and memory.

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  • Seven Songs For Malcolm X

    Shot in New York, this is a documentary on the life and times of the man now universally labelled as the father of the Black revolution.

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  • A Touch Of The Tar Brush

    Presenter / director John Akomfrah gives his unique views on an English identity with a portrait of mixed race life in the English city of Liverpool.

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  • Who Needs A Heart

    Who Needs A Heart is a series of micro narratives through which we follow the lives of a group of friends and lovers between 1965 and 1975.

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  • Twilight City

    By 1989, the Conservative government was three years into a programme of wealth creation and urban redevelopment unparalleled in 20th Century Britain.

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  • Testament

    In Testament, the condition of the postcolony is embodied in the figure of activist turned television reporter Abena who returns to contemporary Ghana.

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  • Handsworth Songs

    A film essay on race and civil disorder in 1980s Britain and the inner city riots of 1985,

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  • Expeditions 2 – Images of Nationality

    Expeditions 2 – Images of Nationality is the second of a two-part 35mm slide- tape text entitled Expeditions.

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  • Expeditions 1 – Signs of Empire

    Expeditions 1 - Signs of Empire is the first of a two-part 35mm slide-tape text entitled Expeditions.

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  • The Call of Mist (Redux)

    Set on a remote Scottish island, The Call of Mist (Redux) is an elegy to John Akomfrah’s late mother and a vivid meditation on death, memory and cloning.

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