Squaring The Circle
Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Roger Walters, Noel Gallagher
Formed in Cambridge in the 1960s, Hipgnosis was formed by design and photography duo Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell and was at the centre of the maddest, funniest and most creative era in the history of popular music, responsible for elevating album covers from staid band portraits to high concept art pieces
From their dingy studio on Soho’s Denmark Street they conjured into existence sights that no one had previously thought possible and visuals which popularized music that had previously been considered fringe, producing album visuals for Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother (1970) and The Dark Side of the Moon (1973); Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy (1973); AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976); and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel (1978) amongst hundreds of others.
From 1968 Hipgnosis worked tirelessly, always innovating and experimenting, their egos matching their talent and not always seeing eye-to-eye with each other or the bands. Corbijn tells their unique story, a vital part of music history, with archive footage from the studio, the stunning art they created, and features brand new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Noel Gallagher and many more. This is a document of egos, talent and creativity that will never be repeated.
2023 / UK / 101 mins
BBFC Advice: Contains very strong language, brief suicide reference