source: The MAC
published: June 2016
The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) screened this hard-hitting but sensitive film to a small audience on 22 July 2016 and was very well received.
He was shot and killed in a ‘Hard Stop’ police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in British history.
The screening was followed by a lovely Q&A session with director George Amponsah and two of Mark Duggan’s best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville (the main characters in the film). The session was chaired by 4WardEver UK’s, Tippa Naphtali.
Variety Review – ‘The Hard Stop’
Forthright but dignified, British doc “The Hard Stop” grapples sincerely with the cultural context of a wave of riots that broke out across England in the summer of 2011, in the wake of the fatal police shooting of London resident Mark Duggan.
In the interests of conveying and humanizing a narrative sidelined by more mainstream accounts, director George Amponsah explores his subject largely from the perspective of two of Duggan’s friends, men at the epicenter of protests that degenerated into violence.
Though it premiered at Toronto, this humane account will be released locally in summer 2016, around the five-year anniversary of the original events, which should boost its audience. Enterprising U.S. distribs should also note the pic’s topicality in the post-Ferguson climate.