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 swimming pool “accident.” –IMDb
Stoned, the story of Brian Jones released in 2005, marked Stephen Woolley’s directorial debut after a lifetime steeped in movies and filmmaking. After his career began in exhibition, working at the Screen on the Green cinema in London, Stephen programmed and subsequently owned his own cinema, The Scala, which won acclaim for its diverse, original and alternative programming.
In 1982, Stephen launched Palace Video in partnership with Nik Powell, releasing titles such as Eraserhead and Mephisto, before establishing a theatrical arm a year later, when Palace acquired, and distributed some 250 independent and European movies from Diva to When Harry Met Sally.
Moving into production, over the subsequent twenty-year period Stephen has gone on to produce over twenty films and has exec-produced a further twenty including Intermission, starring Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. With last year’s Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian… read more