April sees the UK and Ireland cinematic release of “extremely funny and
achingly melancholy” (The Observer) feature documentary about cult rock
band King Crimson. Filmed over three years in recognition of the band’s
50th anniversary, In the Court of the Crimson King
explores just how difficult life can get in the world’s most demanding rock
band. Director Toby Amies builds an intimate relationship with his subjects
that gives the audience an idea of what it must be like to be in King
Crimson, investigating the psychological torment some members experienced
while simultaneously making some of the best work of their lives.
The film centres on the extraordinary character of Robert Fripp, described by bandmate Bill Bruford as “a
cross between Josef Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Marquis De Sade.” Fripp
is the only constant member of King Crimson and is also famous for his work
with David Bowie, Brian Eno, David Sylvian and Blondie.
In addition to director Q&A screenings in London, Brighton and Lewes, In the Court of the Crimson King rolls out to over 70
locations from 7 April, including cinema chains
Picturehouse, Everyman and Light Cinemas.
Tickets for screenings on sale are listed on the film website