IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING – Documentary 

Posted: February 3, 2022 in MUSIC
Watch the trailer for King Crimson doc ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’

Official Trailer for the long awaited documentary “In The Court of the Crimson King” by Toby Amies. An official selection for the 2022 SXSW film festival, with a world premiere in Austin in March. What began as a traditional documentary about the legendary band King Crimson as it turned 50, mutated into an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives; but with jokes. 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. It explores the unique creative environment of King Crimson, one 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.

King Crimson have shared a new trailer for “In the Court of the Crimson King“, a documentary about the recent incarnation of the legendary prog-rock band while on tour in 2018 and 2019. The clip features an intimate conversation with bandleader Robert Fripp, live concert footage, and interviews with previous members—ranging from long time drummer Bill Bruford to co-founding keyboardist-saxist Ian McDonald—about King Crimson’s ever-changing line-up.

“In the Court of the Crimson King” is directed by Toby Amies and was commissioned by King Crimson. The film was originally announced back in 2019 under the title Cosmic F*Kc, and will finally make its premiere this March at SXSW.

“We have been approached by various broadcasters, but felt that the ‘standard talking head’ format was becoming increasingly cookie cutter and uncreative,” band manager David Singleton told Rolling Stone. “We therefore approached Toby Amies, an independent filmmaker, and asked him to make an original music documentary, to reimagine the format, and gave him complete creative freedom to do so. So the film is really sanctioned by the band only in as much as they set the ball rolling and gave Toby the access and interviews he requested. Thereafter they happily ceded all creative control.”

In 2019, King Crimson went on a massive tour to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary and released new box set for their 1969 debut album, “In the Court of the Crimson King“.

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