Tuesday, 4 December 2012

BB King Life Of Riley: Extra Screenings Announced Due To Exceptional Deman

BB King: The Life Of Riley
Following Critically Acclaimed Premiere More Screenings Across UK Announced Due To Exceptional Demand
“From Panton Street To Peckham”

One of the Most Inspirational Stories in the History of Music
Narrated By Morgan Freeman

Accompanied by a major Soundtrack Release from Universal Music

"The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King. And much more: this movie is BB's valedictory testimony, and a monument to the essence of the blues and whence he and they came - in Mississippi delta cotton country - and their impact on us all" – The Observer

Emperor Media are pleased to announce select screenings of the acclaimed film “BB King The Life Of Riley”. The film was first released theatrically to widespread critical acclaim in October 2012. Reviews of the theatrical release include the below

“A powerful insight into BB King…Music fans will love this” – Sunday Mirror
“A meticulous record of a long and industrious life in the blues” Mojo 4/5
“Engrossing” Radio Times 4/5
“King is modest, wise and charming in his reminiscence” – Sunday Times
“Morgan Freeman’s wise drawl underscores this tribute to Riley “B.B.” King” Total Film 4/5
“Affectionate and illuminating” Time Out 4/5
“A seriously impressive tribute to the big B’s raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm” –Classic Rock 8/10
“Jon Brewer’s film about the great bluesman features excellent footage and tributes…” – Observer
“Excellent use of archive footage and interviews…but the real stars are King, his music and his gregarious humility” – Evening Standard

The legendary BB KING worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film released theatrically in 2012. The  ecstatic, from-the-heart, contributions from a plethora of music's superstars  was a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 86 years old, BB King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true life drama that was the springboard for the future 'King of the Blues'. Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whist working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, BB King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of America's Deep South. Informative and visually stunning, 'The Life of Riley' is supported by an incredible soundtrack featuring BB King.

More Screening Now Announced

Friday 7th to the Thursday 13th December 2012 – Panton Street Odeon http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s117/Panton_St/?scope=more

Friday 14th to Thursday 20th December 2012 – Peckham, Peckham Plex www.peckhamplex.com / 0844 567 2742 (Tickets priced at £4.99)

‘BB King: The Life of Riley’ – Contributors
Aaron Neville                                                              Allan Hammons
Annie Clay                                                                  B.B. King
Bernard Purdie                                                            Bill Cosby
Bill Szymczyk                                                             Bill Wyman
Billy Boy Arnold                                                         Bobby Bland
Bono                                                                            Bonnie Raitt
Bruce Willis                                                                  Buddy Guy
Calvin Owens                                                               Carlos Santana
Carver Randle                                                              Cato Walker
Charles Evers                                                               Charles Sawyer
Clemmie Truevellian                                                    Derek Trucks
Delcia Davis                                                                 Doyle Bramhall
Dr. John                                                                        Eric Clapton
Ernest Withers                                                              Ford Nelson
George Benson                                                         JamesToney                                                                
Jessie May Golden                                                       Joe Bihari                                                                       
Joe Bonamassa                                                             Joe Walsh
John Cadillac Holden                                                    John Fair
John Mayer                                                                  John Mayall
Johnny Winter                                                            Jonny Lang
Kenny Wayne Shepherd                                                Lessie May Fair
LaVerne Toney                                                            Leon Russell
Mick Hucknall                                                              Mick Taylor
Morgan Freeman                                                            Paul Rodgers
Peter Green                                                                  Polly Walker
Rev. David Matthews                                                     Ringo Starr
Robert Cray                                                                   Robert Lockwood
Ronnie Wood                                                               Sara Betty Lou Henson
Slash                                                                             Stewart Levine
Sue King Evans                                                            Susan Tedeschi
Tina France                                                                 Walter Trout
Wayne Cartledge

To tie in to the film release Universal Music will be releasing an Original Soundtrack, “BB King: The Life Of Riley” OST, with songs from the film, on the 26th November 2012.

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