In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 + Director Q&A

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Director(s)Toby Amies
Writer(s)Toby Amies
CountryUnited Kingdom
Running Time1HR 26MINS
Extra InfoFollowed by a Q&A with director Toby Amies
SeasonMain Programme

Returning to QFT for a special Q&A screening following its limited release last year, Toby Amies' In the Court of the Crimson King is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. Toby will join us for an in-person Q&A following the screening.

King Crimson is a band that people literally are dying to be in. For over 50 years Robert Fripp, also famous for his work with Bowie and Eno, has overseen a unique creative environment in which freedom and responsibility conspire to place extraordinary demands on the band’s members – only alleviated by the applause of an audience whose adoration threatens to make their lives even harder. It's a rewarding and perilous space in which the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives intact.

On the band’s 50th anniversary tour, we’re privy to conversations with old and new band members – all of whom walk on eggshells around Fripp – alongside roadies, fans and even a nun. Filmmaker Toby Amies (The Man Whose Mind Exploded) captures a loving but sometimes tough musical visionary – although his behaviour frequently seems tongue-in-cheek – whose demands and sacrifices are all in the name of art. It’s an enthralling watch, whether you’re a King Crimson fan or simply curious.

"In the Court of the Crimson King is really about as good as rock documentaries get." - Variety

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