It has taken Stephen Woolley ten years to get this on to the screen,which allowed him plenty of time to do his research. He began byacquiring the film rights to the book, 'Who Killed Cock Robin?' andadded the rights to the deathbed revelations of Frank Thorogood; thenthe rights to the book by Anna Wohlin, one of Jones' two currentgirlfriends. He topped this by hiring a private eye to find Janet, theother girlfriend, to get her confirmation about the size of the Stonedlifestyle and some of the details of Jones' death. He was also able tofind a few original cameras including a vintage Bolex, to match theancient film clips slotted into parts of the story. Getting any filmmade has to be an obsession, and a major one at that, if it takes tenyears. What kept Woolley going was having been too young to be a hippy,the realisation that he had bought (as we all did) the PR stuntdepicting the leather-clad speed-freak drunk-rolling Beatles as nicefluffy chaps and the middle-class cricket fans fromKingston-upon-Thames as the evil and dangerous Stones, ' Jagger was atthe London School of Economics', and seeing Brian Jones as the onlyband member who was a genuine bad boy; 'the missing link' to thedecadent bohemian world. He links this to the dichotomy between Brian,the studiedly effete and spoiled brat, and Frank (Considine), a realbloke, an ex-soldier, with whom Woolley found himself identifying. Hesays he screened 'Performance' for the cast before shooting began, toget them into the zeitgeist, (We of the hippy generation realised thatwe could measure the effect of the encroaching years and our possiblematurity by noting how we moved from identifying with Turner to 'being'Chas), and in fact the shooting of the gun scene from that gets a quotehere. There are many little bits of contemporary reference intercut,and all so nearly subliminal that the audience could miss them if itwere not well-acquainted with them from the first time round and/ordidn't posses a certain amount of quick-fire intelligence. It'spleasurably flattering to be a member of an audience which is assumedto have these qualities. When you can say it in twenty frames, why milkit? The opening scenes establish Brian (Gregory) as the kingpin,getting a gig by phone while the rest of the band waits outside the redbox. Although not much later Andrew Loog Oldham sells himself to themas manager, most of the subsequent story dispenses with a strictlychronological narrative. The general situation moves on, but in bunchesof flash-back, present and flash-forward. Time's tooty-fruity. Whathappened after the Stones got Big was a gift to a film maker: Frank istaken on as a builder to tart up Brian's little mansion and, in spiteof the huge gaps between their respective cultures, becomes part of theStone's world. The parallels between this reality and the fictionalscenario of the contemporaneous Cammell-Roeg film, are fascinating andshould form the basis of a PHD for some 'sixties-fixated student sooneror later. For the camera-work, colour, montage, in purely visual terms'Stoned' is worth seeing, although it would have been well worthGregory putting on several extra pounds to cover his taut, well-tonedmusculature - Brian was quite chubby in real life - in fact all theband members could have added a little more puppy-fat. One obviousfailing in 'Stoned' is its lack of bloody marvellous soundtrack; butthere's hardly a film out now without a bloody marvellous soundtrack,and there are plenty of precedents; Orson Welles' 'Touch of Evil', forinstance. For lasting power a film has to stand as a film rather thanan extended marketing device. As a film, this cuts it. CLIFF HANLEY
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Fact-based story about the drug-addled and sordid life of The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. Unfortunately the story moves so quickly into the sensationalized decadence and drug-induced state of Jones, that the unknowing viewer has to wonder why anyone would care. There are only a few framing sequences with members of The Stones, particularly Keith Richards, that show they had a great respect for him and tried to bring him back into the band as he drifted away. Mixed into the destruction of Jones is a common builder, Frank Thorogood, who is given the unenviable task of trying to please Jones by rebuilding his estate and to watch him per Jones' manager's instructions. Thorogood's life is so far removed from all of the sex and drugs that he sees, that he envies and desires the tawdry life as well, but never quite fits in. Unfortunately, at least according to this film and according to a supposed death bed confessional of Thorogood in 1993, it led to Thorogood's murder of Jones in a...
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Anyway another topic about films...saw 'Stoned' last night. A filmabout the life and death of the Rolling Stones member Brian Jones...Thedeath of whom was quite a shocking event at the time. I thoroughlyenjoyed it..
Directed by Stephen Woolley, with Leo Gregory as Jones and PaddyConsidine as the man who lived closely with him, Frank Thorogood..
It was a very good surprise..
I had no expectations and was hooked from the start..The actors playingthe young Stones were very good at creating the look, feel and attitudeof the band and the design of the film, especially the make up of thewomen cast members, was just evocative of the time in the 60's..Themusic was excellent and the editing to the music was superb..Hooked mein from the word go...
Stoned tells us about the life and early death at 27 of Brian Jones who founded and actually named the group. I do remember it back in 1969, that there was such controversy around it I did not know. It seems as though the Stones went on without any pause or at least that's how it appeared in America.
Part of the problem with this film is that Brian Jones is not presented as an especially likable figure. It seemed to me that his love of all kinds of hedonistic pleasure took over and ruled him. What started as creative differences between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Jones just eventually came down to the fact that Jones would rather party than work. Not that those two guys ever lived like monks, but you do have to please the public with your music and that requires working on it and on a product to please said public. It's why the Rolling Stones are still a hot act in almost 50 years of performing and not on the nostalgia circuit either.
Leo Gregory plays Jones and some really good casting was done with him and those who played the rest of the Stones. Paddy Considine is Frank Thorogood, Jones's estate builder and general factotum who was fired the day Jones was found in his pool. Whether he had help from Thorogood or anyone else is still fodder for speculation.
I agree with another reviewer who said the sound was of bad quality. That that reviewer was from the UK says something because I would be tempted to blame it on their accents. I well remember when the Beatles first came to America they were unintelligible with their Liverpudlian speech pattern which was not something American ears heard that often. But here it's just bad sound recording.
Maybe it was his hedonism over all way of life, but I could not develop a rooting interest in Jones as I could with say Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin and I'm not really into that music.