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Crossfire Hurricane

This new documentary by Academy Award-nominated Brett Morgen commemorates the 50th anniversary of rock‘n’roll legends The Rolling Stones.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.

Crossfire Hurricane

  • Director Brett Morgen
  • Produced by Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman
  • Co-producer Morgan Neville
  • With Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor
  • USA 2012
  • 118 mins
  • UK distribution Eagle Rock Entertainment

Rock’n’roll legends The Rolling Stones reach their 50th anniversary and the LFF marks this extraordinary milestone with the World Premiere of this commemorative documentary from Academy Award-nominated Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In the Picture; Chicago 10). The first comprehensive overview of their career is meticulous in its construction, using classic Stones tracks to segue between phases of their enthralling story – from teenage fandom, to counterculture heroes, through drug busts, Brian Jones’ tragic death, band-mates departures, arrivals and everything in between. With a strong focus on the first 20 years, the wealth of rich, rare and often unseen archive material includes newsreel, film and TV appearances, excerpts from famous previous Stones movies and raucous, visceral live performance footage. Band members past and present have actively participated in the making of the film and one of its many pleasures is the specially recorded audio commentary by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood as well as new interviews with Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Alternately nostalgic, satisfied and very funny, they not only give insider testimony on some of the most notorious moments in rock’n’roll history, they also reveal the dynamic that has ensured the band’s longevity. When the film kick-starts with the quip ‘never let the truth spoil a good story’, it functions as a coolly ironic preface. The truth is that The Rolling Stones – the trials and triumphs of their lives, their extraordinary success, their impact on the history of popular culture and most of all, their music – threaten at every turn to exceed story and become myth. One of the great achievements of this dazzling tribute is that it revels in all that, but it also succeeds at keeping it down, occasionally dirty, and very real.
Clare Stewart, Adrian Wootton

Around the UK and international territories

Audiences around the UK and in various international territories will have the chance to see the World Premiere beamed live by satellite into their local cinema, featuring red carpet arrivals at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®. Check local cinema listings for details or more2screen.com.

Image © Ken Regan / Camera 5

Related event: 50 Years of the Rolling Stones on Screen

Director statement

Crossfire Hurricane invites the audience to experience first-hand the Stones’ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson. Crossfire Hurricane allows the viewer to experience the Stones’ journey from a unique vantage point. It’s an aural and visual roller coaster ride.
Brett Morgen

Director biography

An American documentarist who received his BA from Hampshire College in 1993 and MFA in Film from NYU in 1998, he commenced his directorial career with a portrait of Oliver North, and found early acclaim as the co-director, producer and photographer of the boxing doc On the Ropes, which took the Special Jury Prize at Sundance among other awards, and was Oscar-nominated. His biopic of legendary producer Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture, was an LFF hit in 2002, while he won wide exposure with Chicago 10, looking back at the notorious trial of protestors following the 1968 Democratic Convention. His 2010 telefilm June 17th, 1994 focused on the OJ Simpson story. In 2003 he started directing commercials for Anonymous Content, and is currently planning a first fiction feature for that company, When The Street Lights Go On.


1996 Ollie’s Army
1999 On the Ropes [co-d Nanette Burstein]
2001 Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America [TV doc series; co-d Nanette Burstein]
2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture [co-d Nanette Burstein]
2007 Chicago 10
2008 Truth in Motion: The US Ski Team's Road to Vancouver [TV]
2010 June 17th, 1994 [TV]
2012 Crossfire Hurricane

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