Directed by Eugene Jarecki


Eugene Jarecki focuses on a deity of a different kind in his fascinating documentary The King.

Elvis’s own Rolls-Royce Phantom V serves as a kind of motorised memento mori as it explores his roots and charts a steady US decline that mirrors that of Presley himself.

Partly it is yet another plod through well-travelled rock history but it is lifted by a willingness to address sticky questions, such as those surrounding cultural appropriation.

It includes dissenting voices, such as Public Enemy’s Chuck D, alongside more straightforwardly adoring celebrity hitchhikers.


Those in search of something stronger can sample A Prayer Before Dawn (Altitude), the bruising tale of an Englishman’s bid to kick-box his way to freedom from a notorious Thai prison.

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