Miles Ahead

  |  Book Tickets: 06/04/2016
  |  96 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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We are delighted to welcome Don Cheadle for a Q&A following this screening. Director: Don Cheadle. Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi. USA 2015. 100 mins. As famously mercurial jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (Cheadle) scolds a meek magazine reporter (McGregor): “If you’re gonna tell a story, come with some attitude.” That neatly encapsulates Cheadle’s own approach to this biopic, which marks his directorial debut and in which he also stars. This film displays plenty of attitude as it chronicles Davis’s career, not shying away from issues of violence, drug abuse, ill health, a turbulent relationship with actor Frances Taylor (Corinealdi, Middle Of Nowhere) – and above all, of course, his relentless pushing of musical boundaries. Covering Davis’s earlier life in often startling flashback, Miles Ahead opens during the mid-1970s, when he was stuck in a self-imposed professional hiatus, and ends with his magnificent rebirth. The intoxicating soundtrack, the beguiling retro ambiance and the performances, Cheadle’s especially, are all wonderful.