Introduced by Robert Senior, Depot's Chair of Trustees
The gripping life story of pioneering jazz musician Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. Weaving past, present and future like notes in a spellbinding solo, this biopic explores Parker’s extraordinary skill and his destructive excesses.
Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker, but also features energetic scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.
'Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling of the troubled life of a revolutionary artist' - Variety