First Look: 'All Is By My Side' Featuring André Benjamin as Hendrix

July 23, 2013
Source: TIFF

André Benjamin as

"Fly on my sweet, sweet angel, Tomorrow I shall have you by my side." Another interesting first look coming from the Toronto Film Festival after announcing the first half of their 2013 line-up. This one is for All Is By My Side, a biopic about music legend Jimi Hendrix, starring music legend André Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 of OutKast) as Jimmy "James" Hendrix. Despite this photo featuring Benjamin at a mic, the film never got the rights to use Hendrix's music and thus won't actually be using any of his music. Similar to the way Nowhere Boy told the origin of the Beatles without actually using any Beatles songs. Check it out.

Here's the first All Is By My Side photo direct from the Toronto Film Festival, initially spotted by SlashFilm:

André Benjamin in All Is By My Side

Synopsis from the TIFF line-up announcement: Jimmy James (André Benjamin), an unknown backup guitarist, left New York City for London, England in 1966. A year later he returned — as Jimi Hendrix. All Is By My Side brings authenticity and poignancy to the story of the man behind the legend, and of the people who loved and inspired him. The cast includes Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester, and Ashley Charles as Keith Richards. It's written and directed by John Ridley, a writer/producer turned filmmaker whose only other feature film is 1997's Cold Around the Heart. At the moment, this film doesn't seem to have a US distributor or release set yet. Stay tuned for more updates from TIFF and beyond.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


"Yes, a Jimi biopic featuring a talented actor....wait.... uhh... that doesn't have Hendrix's music?" (next article)

Tyler Morgan on Jul 23, 2013


Looks good.

DAVIDPD on Jul 23, 2013


André is a nice Actor, and this looks good. i'll see it. period

toonfed on Jul 23, 2013


I think he'll do a nice job, he's a talented guy. But I'm pretty disappointed there won't be any Hendrix music. Never saw Nowhere Boy, so I don't how that worked out. Just seems like it would only hurt the film.

grimjob on Jul 23, 2013


Nowhere Boy was actually a real good movie. The movie is basically about Lennon as a teen and his relationships with his aunt and his mother and how he started getting into playing music. It isn't till the end of the movie that he meets paul.

JP on Jul 23, 2013


Sounds interesting. I'll try to catch that one.

grimjob on Jul 23, 2013


OK Alex I'm gonna point out something for you, Hendrix is his real last name not a stage name. Jimmy James is a stage name that he used early in his career.

JP on Jul 23, 2013


Seeing as they couldn't even get the rights to his music, this may be a disaster. Everything Rock knows about the guitar after '70 came from his psychedelic twisting of what the instrument could do. I paid homage to Hendrix with a portrait called Purple Haze on the anniversary of his passing recently. You can see it at and tell me how the voodoo child’s music has influenced you!

Brandt Hardin on Jul 24, 2013


What did you think of Bobby Brown as an artist Brandt ? Seems like Hendricks with the drugs it's ruining his career. It's really too bad Bobby Brown Serves Nine Hours in Jail for Third DUI While California is known for having some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, it seems Bobby Brown has been let off easy. He was released Wednesday after serving nine hours of his 55-day jail sentence for driving under the influence. L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the media that Brown was released early due to jail overcrowding and good behavior.

Paul Erna on Jul 25, 2013

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