A dazzling and delirious portrait of one of Rock ‘n’ Rolls greatest living photographers, who’s iconic images of
David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop would come to define them.
Iconic album covers, unforgettable portraits and unparalleled access – this is the world of legendary photographer Mick Rock. He didn’t just document the music scene from the late Sixties onwards, he was, as he puts it ‘part of the family – and I was cheap!’
Opening with a recreation of Mick’s brush with death in New York in 1996, the film charts his rise from ordinary lad to Cambridge graduate, to becoming a self-styled ‘photographer assassin’, documenting a music scene exploding with extraordinary characters and groundbreaking experimentation. From the late Sixties to the present, Mick worked with the likes of Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, and Debbie Harry, capturing them at the height of their powers.
With a searing soundtrack featuring tracks by Lou Reed, Barrett, Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and featuring rare audio, film footage and stills from Rock’s collection, this is a dazzling, psychedelic account of a man destined to become one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, photographers.
Featuring intimate, poignant recollections of Mick’s meetings with some of the rock world’s biggest stars – including a fascinating account of the creation of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character, and how he went on to produce and direct Bowie’s first music videos – it’s an enthralling portrait of old school photographer, who comes on like a cross between Mick Jagger and Howard Marks, still going strong. SHOT! Tells you everything you need to know about the music industry but couldn’t get close enough to find out.
Directed by Barney Clay
Barney Clay is a British film and music director known for directing music videos for bands like Gnarls Barkley, John Spencer Blues Explosion, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Dave Gahan to name a few. In 2003 Clay traveled to Russia with the gypsy punk band Menlo Park to make his first documentary for Channel 4, entitled ‘Greetings From Beartown’. In 2005 he wrote and directed a short film for Ritz Fine Jewellery titled ‘Carousel’, starring the actress Chloe Sevigny. In 2011 Clay re-worked Mick Rock’s classic music video for David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’. The installation was a part of Vice Media andIntel’s ‘Creators Project’ series, travelling globally under the name ‘Life On Mars Revisited’.