Hanway Films

Looking for Langston

Looking For Langston

The BFI Collection


Isaac Julien

Ben Ellison
Matthew Baidoo
Akim Mogaji

"Beautiful, fresh and exciting" Time Out.

A mythic recreation of the private world of the black artists and writers such as Langston Hughes who formed the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's.

The film switches from archive footage to a stylized version of the jazz & blues era of Harlem to explore white society's barriers against black homosexuality and self-imposed "discretion".

UK | English | 1984 | 40 mins | Black & White