Beware of Mr. Baker (SIFF 2012)

Beware of Mr. Baker shows a fascinating look into the life of Ginger Baker through his own recollections and those of his former bandmates (such as Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Charlie Watts), musicians who have been inspired by him, and his family. Mr. Baker is probably best known as the drummer from Cream, but he has done so much more than that. He was an original artist, daring to take drumming beyond simple time keeping for the rest of the band.

I will admit that I ended up in this showing by accident – I went to the wrong screen at the theater but didn’t find out until I felt like it was too late to walk out, and I am so glad that I stayed. This was an extremely interesting documentary, and the fact that the director was able to move in with Mr. Baker on his farm in South Africa for 3 months is the key to how in depth and real the interviews are. Some music documentaries are really made for the die-hard fans of the subject, but Beware of Mr. Baker is engaging for all audiences and I really hope it gets a wide distribution.

Provided Film Synopsis
Drummer Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is one of the most flamboyant and volatile musicians in rock history. Interviews with his family, music legends, and the provocative subject himself reveal an unforgettable and controversial personality.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Jay Bulger
  • Cast Members:

    • Charlie Watts
    • Eric Clapton
    • Ginger Baker
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Documentary
    • Music