Comedian Stewart Lee, and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast of London), investigate a missing piece of punk history: Robert Lloyd, best known for fronting cult Birmingham bands The Prefects and The Nightingales, has survived under the radar for over four decades. But how, if at all, does Robert want to be remembered? The anti-rockumentary King Rocker weaves the story of Birmingham’s undervalued underdog autodidact into that of the city’s forgotten public sculpture of King Kong, eschewing the celebrity interview and archive-raid approach for a free-associating bricolage of Indian food, bewildered chefs, vegetable gardening, prescription medicines, pop stardom and pop art.
“Rapidly shaping up as one of my all-time favourite rock-docs”
“Looking at my timeline has made me believe the whole country is watching King Rocker”
“The film is ace, the band are ace and Rob is a remarkable man”
“King Rocker finds beauty, heroism and even a whiff of transcendence in the most unlikely places.
I loved it”
“it’s got great charm, it’s a lovely film”, “it’s just a great human story about the narrative arch of someone’s life”, “it’s warm, it’s funny, it’s fascinating”
Radcliffe & Maconie
BBC 6 Music
“It’s a wonderful homage to and a portrait of a true outsider artist, and an inspiring comeback story that in the already boiling maelstrom of 2021 feels profoundly necessary.”
“The Jarvis Cocker that never happened”
Pick Of The Day
(Voted #2 Film Of The Year)
“Lloyds chemistry with Lee is the cornerstone of its charm”
“A charming and experimental documentary”
Pick Of The Day
“charming, amusing and creatively inspiring documentary”
“Lee tells Lloyds story with skill, passion and verve”
“The best music documentary I’ve seen in ten years… I absolutely love King Rocker”
John Doran, The Quietus
Michael CummingDirectorBrass Eye, Oxide Ghosts, Toast Of London
Stewart LeeWriterStewart Lees Comedy Vehicle
James NichollsProducerThe Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, The Ballad Of Shirley Collins
Frank SkinnerKey Cast"Self"
Robert LloydKey Cast"Self"
Stewart LeeKey Cast"Self"
Robin AskwithKey Cast"Self"
Samira AhmedKey Cast"Self"
Kevin EldonKey Cast"Self"
Runtime:1 hour 30 minutes
Completion Date:April 3, 2020
Production Budget:75,000 GBP
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Sheffield Doc FestSheffield
June 5, 2021
Michael is a British director and filmmaker. He is best known for directing comedy shows such as Brass Eye, The Mark Thomas Product, Snuff Box, The Mark Steel Lectures, The Omid Djalili Show and Toast Of London.