WINNER OF THE 2012 SXSW GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR DOCUMENTARY
SnagFilms Presents . .
BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
Opening Friday, January 25th - Los Angeles & Select Cities
Jay Bulger traveled to South Africa to make a movie about one of the founding fathers of modern rock, Ginger Baker. Ginger is known for playing drums in the bands Cream and Blind Faith, almost as well known as he is for his bad temper. Jay has chronicled this journey in his Directorial debut, Beware of Mr. Baker.
SYNOPSIS | BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
The film is a sad, hilarious, sometimes tender, sometimes frightening visit with Cream’s Ginger Baker, the legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer—a rock ‘n’ roll monster if ever there was one. This no-holds-barred portrait of the man referred to as rock’s first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin addiction, went a long way to making him persona non grata even among the music greats who still revere his work. Eric Clapton, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), Charlie Watts (of the Rolling Stones), Stewart Copeland (of The Police), and Lars Ulrich (of Metallica), Baker’s four wives, and three grown children all have something to say about him: “He’s a force of nature,” “he’s the greatest drummer any of us had ever heard,” “he’s mad,” and “he’s fairly consistently horrible” are just a few of them. Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival.
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