The Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side
will get its first US showing during South by Southwest’s film festival in March. The movie, which stars André Benjamin (better known as Outkast’s André 3000) as Hendrix, had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September last year. It was directed by John Ridley, who has recently received acclaim as the screenplay writer of 12 Years A Slave
All Is By My Side focuses on Hendrix’s rise to fame in 1966-67, wrapping up shortly before the guitarists appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Sadly, the late guitarist’s estate said no to the producers using Hendrix’s original music in the movie. Music by the Beatles, Muddy Waters, and The Troggs is used instead.
Ridley says he was inspired to make the movie after hearing Hendrix’s “Sending My Love To Linda,” and wanting to find out who Linda actually was. Benjamin was apparently Ridley’s first choice when it came to who should play the lead. The musician turned actor has said that he prepared for the role by listening to interviews and watching films with Hendrix in order to get his mannerisms right.