Jimi: All Is by My Side
Jimi: All Is by My Side is a 2013 internationally co-produced drama film about Jimi Hendrix, written and directed by John Ridley. The film tells the story of Hendrix's career beginnings, through his arrival in London, the creation of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the beginning of his fame after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and at the South by Southwest film festival and was released in the UK on 8 August 2014. The film screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) on 26 July 2014.
|Jimi: All Is by My Side|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Ridley|
|Produced by||Danny Bramson|
|Written by||John Ridley|
|Music by||Danny Bramson|
|Edited by||Hank Corwin|
|Distributed by||XLrator Media|
- André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix
- Hayley Atwell as Kathy Etchingham
- Burn Gorman as Michael Jeffery
- Imogen Poots as Linda Keith
- Oliver Bennett as Noel Redding
- Tom Dunlea as Mitch Mitchell
- Andrew Buckley as Chas Chandler
- Ruth Negga as Ida
- Ashley Charles as Keith Richards
- Amy De Bhrún as Phoebe
- Clare-Hope Ashitey as Lithofayne “Faye” Pridgeon
- Laurence Kinlan as John
- Jade Yourell as Roberta Goldstein
- Sam McGovern as Ted
- Robbie Jarvis as Andrew Loog Oldham
- Adrian Lester as Michael X
- Danny McColgan as Eric Clapton
The film does not include any songs written by Hendrix, as the filmmakers' request to use them was denied by Experience Hendrix LLC (Hendrix's estate). Instead, the film set in London in 1966 and 1967 includes the songs that Hendrix performed during those years, shortly before the release of his debut album, Are You Experienced. All musical parts were played by Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Leland Sklar (bass), Kenny Aronoff (drums). Wachtel wrote bits of music for the film that sound similar to the Experience's early songs.
Several of Hendrix's acquaintances, including Kathy Etchingham, have decried the film as largely fictitious. This includes scenes depicting a fictionalized Hendrix repeatedly beating Etchingham (played by Hayley Atwell). In interviews given at the time of the film's release, Etchingham described Hendrix as a gentle man, and the time she spent with him some of the best years of her life.
Jimi: All Is by My Side has grossed $340,911 in the United States and Canada and $586,163 in other territories for a worldwide total of $927,074, plus $67,173 with home video sales, against a production budget of $5 million.
Jimi: All Is by My Side received a rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 80 reviews. The site's consensus states: "It's uneven—and it lacks the primal power of its subject's classic recordings—but Jimi: All Is By My Side offers a well-acted alternative take on the Hendrix myth." On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 66 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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