Looking for Langston

Looking for Langston is a 1989 British black-and-white film, directed by Isaac Julien and produced by Sankofa Film & Video Productions. It combines authentic archival newsreel footage of Harlem in the 1920s with scripted scenes to produce a non-linear impressionistic storyline celebrating black gay identity and desire during the artistic and cultural period known as the Harlem Renaissance in New York. The film has a runtime of about 42 minutes.

Looking for Langston
UK theatrical release poster
Directed byIsaac Julien
Written byIsaac Julien (screenplay)
Produced byNadine March-Edwards
StarringBen Ellison
Matthew Baidoo
Akim Mogaji
John Wilson
Dencil Williams
Guy Burgess
James Dublin
Harry Donaldson
Jimmy Somerville
Langston Hughes as himself
CinematographyNina Kellgren
Music byWayson Jones
Trevor Mathison
Peter Spencer
Sankofa Film & Video Productions
Distributed byBritish Film Institute
Release date
  • February 1989 (1989-02)

(Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
42 minutes