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Jimi: All Is by My Side

Rated NR 116 minutes 2013

In a scene from the new biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, a relatively unknown Jimi Hendrix, talking to someone on a pay phone at the London rock club the Bag O' Nails, jealously watches his British girlfriend leave with another man and, when she returns, beats her to the floor with the telephone receiver. The scene has ignited a firestorm of controversy: Kathy Etchingham, the woman in question, has called it a complete fabrication, and Charles R. Cross, author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, has said the incident never happened, despite the fact that something very close to it appears in his own book. The movie's producers have defended writer-director John Ridley (screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave), insisting that "the facts upon which he based his screenplay were independently substantiated by an outside company." True or not, the now-notorious scene is emblematic of a movie that portrays Hendrix as a more resentful, less pleasant man than the gentle, moon-kissed mystic he presented to the cameras. Continue reading >>

Film Credits

Director: John Ridley

Producer: Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta, Danny Bramson, Brandon Freeman, Anthony Burns, Tristan Lynch, Nigel Thomas, Edward Hamm Jr. and John Ridley

Cast: André Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester, Andrew Buckley, Oliver Bennett, Tom Dunlea, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Jade Yourell, Lauterio Zamparelli, Danny McColgan, Robbie Jarvis, Burn Gorman, Ashley Charles, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Amy Bhrún and Sean Duggan


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