King Rocker

Stewart Lee & Michael Cumming investigate the mysterious existence of Robert Lloyd shadowed by Birmingham’s forgotten, and rediscovered, giant art ape, King Kong.

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How does a working class autodidact, with no visible means of support, maintain his role as the leader of a cult British underground band into its fifth decade? Comedian and writer Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye), investigate the mysterious existence of Robert Lloyd, Britain’s ultimate post-punk survivor.

For a brief period the skyline of ‘70s concrete Birmingham was defined by Nicholas Monroe’s unloved, and soon sold off pop art sculpture, of the giant ape, King Kong. Missing and presumed lost for years, this icon of Birmingham was eventually discovered prostrate in a Lake District garden, before being critically rehabilitated. As a child, Stewart was fascinated by the sculpture. The anti-rockumentary King Rocker shadows Lloyd’s story with Birmingham’s forgotten, and rediscovered, giant art ape, King Kong

Genre: Documentary

Director: Michael Cumming

Producer: James Nicholls

Cast:  Stewart Lee, Robert Lloyd, Samira Ahmed, John Peel, Robin Askwith, Kevin Eldon, Nish Kumar, Brigid Christie, Andrew O’Neill , Seann Walsh.

Running Time: 90 mins

Location: Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Manchester, London

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