Beware of Mr. Baker

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Beware of Mr. Baker
Black-and-white photo of Ginger Baker
Film poster
Directed by Jay Bulger
Produced by
Written by Jay Bulger
Starring Ginger Baker
Cinematography Eric Robbins
Edited by Abhay Sofsky
Production
company
  • Insurgent Media
  • Pugilist at Rest Productions
Distributed by SnagFilms
Release date
  • 10 March 2012 (2012-03-10) (South by Southwest)
  • 28 November 2012 (2012-11-28) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beware of Mr. Baker is a 2012 American documentary film by Jay Bulger about the jazz and 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 Baker 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]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the documentary film an approval rating of 98% based on 48 reviews; the average rating is 7.8/10.[4] The consensus reads, "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."[4] The film won several awards and was nominated for the 'Grierson Award' at the 2012 London Film Festival.[5]

Baker said of the film himself, "Some of it is very good and some of it is very annoying."[6] He elaborated that he was frustrated with the inclusion of some of the people on the film but was pleased to see Eric Clapton and Charlie Watts had taken part.[6]

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