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 https://www.itcotck.com/screenings

In the Court of the Crimson King


1h 26m

Director: Toby Amies

UK Release: Cinemas 7th April 2023