Jimi: All Is by My Side

Jimi: All Is by My Side

John Ridley (2013)

117min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Written and directed by John Ridley, who penned the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, this rock 'n' roll portrait is a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on the key year that transformed guitarist Jimi Hendrix (played by OutKast's André Benjamin) from session player to superstar. We first meet him in 1966 in a New York nightclub, where he is talent-spotted by posh British model Linda Keith (Imogen Poots), girlfriend of Rolling Stone Keith Richards. Hendrix is a quiet, even simple man, but once Keith imports him to London he becomes much more complex, dumping Linda for the mouthy Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell). Though it never hints at the drug issues that took his life at 27, Ridley's film does an impressive job of explaining how Hendrix's mind expanded at this crucial time. Rights issues mean that we never hear his most famous songs, but a thunderous rendition of Sgt Pepper by Benjamin gives a woozy approximation of his talent.

Summary

Biopic of Jimi Hendrix following the events of 1966, when he left New York to spend a year living in London. The relationships he developed over that time would shape his career as a musician, culminating in his famous appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Starring Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell and Imogen Poots.

Cast & Crew

Jimi Hendrix André Benjamin
Kathy Etchingham Hayley Atwell
Linda Keith Imogen Poots
Ida Ruth Negga
Michael X Adrian Lester
Chas Chandler Andrew Buckley
Noel Redding Oliver Bennett
Mitch Mitchell Tom Dunlea
Faye Clare-Hope Ashitey
Roberta Goldstein Jade Yourell
Mark Hoffman Lauterio Zamparelli
Michael Jeffery Burn Gorman
Keith Richards Ashley Charles
Andrew Loog Oldham Robbie Jarvis
Zoot Money Joe McKinney
Eric Clapton Danny McColgan
Director John Ridley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Oct 2014
Drama