Hendrix biopic shelved for another few months
John Ridley’s All is by My Side, the Irish co-production examining incidents in the life of Jimi Hendrix, seems to have been floating about the ether for aeons. Starring André Benjamin as the great guitarist, the picture screened to very respectable reviews at last September’s Toronto International Film Festival, but will not be with us until autumn of this year.
Some controversy is, however, attaching itself to Ridley’s film before this week’s US release. Hendrix’s former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (played by Hayley Atwell in the picture) has popped up to say that scenes in which Jimi is violent towards her are without foundation.
“It’s just completely made up,” she said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “Apparently, I am portrayed in the film as a groupie. That’s just sexist nonsense. It borders on misogyny. Why would anybody want to show domestic violence as entertainment?” Etchingham rather undermined her own case by admitting she had yet to see All is By My Side.
The movie has had other troubles. The film-makers were unable to use any original music, but most critics at Toronto felt they still managed to pull off a coup.
“It delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music,” the Guardian raved. Having received an Oscar for writing 12 Years a Slave since then, Ridley is now hot property and his film will surely attract even greater attention.
André Benjamin as Hendrix