a/k/a All Is By My Side
Release Date: 9/26/14 (Theatrical)
Running Time: 118 mins.
Studio: Darko Entertainment
Director: John Ridley
Cast: André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix), Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham), Imogen Poots (Linda Keith), Burn Gorman (Michael Jeffery), Ruth Negga (Ida), Ashley Charles (Keith Richards).
Details: As reported by Shockya, Jimi: All is By My Side is written and directed by Academy Award Winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). The film takes place between 1966 and 1967, when Hendrix made his big splash overseas in the UK. The movie features Hendrix’s covers of Muddy Waters, the Beatles and others, but none of Hendrix’s own songs–Experience Hendrix, LLC, which manages the Hendrix estate, didn’t allow his songs to be used in the film.
The film debuted in September 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered in the US at the SXSW Festival on March 12, 2014.
On March 12, 2014, Slashfilm reported that just as John Ridley’s unauthorized Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side is playing SXSW, the late musician’s estate has moved to develop a new authorized Jimi Hendrix biopic. This isn’t the first time there has been a move to make a film with the blessing of the estate. At one point Anthony Mackie was set to star and Paul Greengrass to direct a project that would have featured the full suite of Hendrix songs. But the movie died on the vine. Now the estate has signed with a new agency and Deadline reports that the machinery is in motion to create an authorized biopic.
Shadow and Act stated the film that will be produced under the new deal will be the first authorized by Experience Hendrix LLC, and will have their full cooperation, and thus, will include many of Hendrix’s original classics. Past actors whose names have been attached to Hendrix projects include Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Anthony Mackie. Source(s): Entertainment Weekly; Shockyo.com; Slashfilm; Shadow and Act. Image: Entertainment Weekly.