Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Dogwoof

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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