Beware of Mr. Baker

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Beware of Mr. Baker
Directed by Jay Bulger
Starring Ginger Baker
Release dates
  • 2012 (2012)

Beware of Mr. Baker is a 2012 documentary film by Jay Bulger about rock drummer Ginger Baker.

Background[edit]

For Bulger’s article “The Devil and Ginger Baker” in Rolling Stone magazine, Bulger lived with Baker in South Africa where Ginger had spent the previous decade living in seclusion.[1] The article and the numerous hours of interviews Bulger captured on film became the premise for the film, and in the spring of 2010, Bulger returned to South Africa with a small film crew to finish making the film.[2] It premiered at the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.[3] The title is a reference to a sign outside of his South African compound.

Reception[edit]

Beware of Mr. Baker received universal acclaim critically, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the documentary film a 'fresh' rating of 98 %.[4] The consensus writes, "Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians." [5] The film won several awards, and was nominated for the 'Grierson Award' at the 2012 London Film Festival. [6]

Baker said of the film himself, "Some of it is very good and some of it is very annoying."[7] He elaborated that he was frustrated with the inclusion of some of the people on the film, however was pleased to see Eric Clapton and Charlie Watts had taken part.[8]

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