Acclaimed filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio’s dynamic social history chronicles a generation of artists & thinkers’ creative-response to the reactionary politics that now defines our culture. An exuberant mixed media collage incorporating art, music, animation, and performance, the film brings together 50 writers, playwrights, painters, poets, skateboarders, dancers, musicians, and rights advocates, each revealing that we can re-imagine the world we live in and take an active role in making that vision a reality. We sent Claire along to the UK premier to checkout the film. Her verdict – Feel-good doc with great interviews, but isn’t sure what it’s trying to document.
Check out her full review below.
As a series of interesting interviews with influential alt-rockers, rap artists, and counter culture examiners, the documentary Let Fury Have the Hour allows filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosia the opportunity to chat with some remarkable people, including graffiti artist Shepard Fairey, environmentalist Van Jones, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. Without a doubt it’s a sexy task to bring in popular artists who can discuss how change in political systems motivates their work.
The film attempts to pinpoint a subversive cultural movement created by the interviewees in reaction to the political environment they grew up in in. But the execution is overshadowed by a big imagination; focus, and thus persuasiveness, are lacking.
Without a formal framework, the logic suffers. Why show propagandizing imagery from the 1950s and 60s if the point is to illustrate artistic developments of the 80s and 90s? Reagan and Thatcher are assumed to be evil-doers purporting individualism, but no one has explained why this is a. evil, and has hence b. inspired a movement.
Might it have been more effective to hear economic concepts explained by an economist, rather than Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine guitarist? Possibly. But then maybe the cool quotient would have suffered. Perhaps what’s needed is greater historical distance to gain perspective.
While the interviews with these influential artists are individually attractive, what, exactly, is being documented remains unclear.