"The impact of Jimi Hendrix on global popular culture is undeniable. Even beyond his innovative fusion of blues and rock is his iconic image; Fro, headband and left-handed guitar playing an acid drenched Star Spangled Banner set against the backdrop of the turbulent 60s.
For me Hendrix encapsulates the bravery to break away from convention and genre, to experiment but stay true to self. Outkast's André Benjamin is the ideal choice to play Jimi on the big screen, another creative soul not afraid to take risks.”
- Adam Murray, Come The Revolution
An absorbing, provocative and wholly original portrait of Jimi Hendrix as fledgling legend, John Ridley's (screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave) directorial debut features Outkast's André Benjamin as the supremely gifted young guitarist in the throes of self discovery. Jimi (or Jimmy as he was known then) is discovered by Linda Keith (Imogen Poots), girlfriend of Keith Richards, playing backing guitar in a New York club. Impressed by his skills, she brings him into her inner circle, unlocks his mind with LSD, persuades him to move to London - and falls in love.
Here we are immersed in his life, hanging out at home and clubs as he expands his musical horizons and picks his bandmates, and this Jimi Hendrix experience is somehow richer for being relaxed and behind the scenes (one critic said that if Robert Altman had made a '60s rock star biopic, this is what it would look like). Ridley wasn't able to get the rights to any of Hendrix's songs, but it hardly matters - Benjamin delivers an uncanny performance, all cheekbones and feline insolence, and it is clear All Is By My Side has Hendrix is not in sound, then certainly in spirit.
Drop by the Café/Bar before the film from 22:00 for a specially curated Come The Revolution audio/visual treat: a journey from Hendrix-to-Hip-Hop with a DJ set from Scott Xylo and specially curated visuals by Limbic Cinema - made in collaboration with Come The Revolution's Adam Murray.
Presented by Come the Revolution in partnership with Ujima Radio as part of
These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.