The first documentary film about Rolling Stones, Faces and Jeff Beck Group guitarist Ronnie Wood, Somebody Up There Likes Me, will hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland next month.
Helmed by esteemed director Mike Figgis, Somebody Up There Likes Me premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on 12th October and will now be screened at select cinemas from Tuesday 26th November.
To find your nearest cinema, head to ronniewoodmovie.com.
Somebody Up There Likes Me traces Ronnie’s life and career, and is described as a definitive and intimate portrait of the musician and artist.
The film features “brutally honest” interviews with Ronnie together with contributions from his Faces band mate Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards.
Other interviewees include Ronnie’s wife Sally Wood, singer Imelda May and acclaimed artist Damien Hirst, who says Ronnie is a “dab hand” at painting and “he can paint better than me.”
Ronnie says: “When my mate Mike Figgis approached me to make this documentary film I was baffled where to start and where to finish …Oh well, how about from being born into the Wood dynasty to where I am right now! That should do it ...
“The title says it all, hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it. ‘Leave ‘em wanting more’, as the man said, so look out people, there’s a lot more stories to be told.”
Explaining the title further, which alludes to surviving his chronic smoking habit and lung cancer, Ronnie added: “When they operated on my cancer, they took away my emphysema. They said my lungs were as if I’d never smoked. I thought: ‘How’s that for a Get Out Of Jail Free card?’ Somebody up there likes me, and somebody down here likes me too.”
Mike Figgis says: "Music has always been central to the way I approach filmmaking. Working with Ronnie on ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ was a great opportunity to explore the roots of the UK Blues and Rock scene, something I had begun in 2002 with Red White and Blues, the Martin Scorcese produced history of the British blues scene.
“The bonus was Ronnie himself. A multi-talented storyteller, artist and musician. His candour and warmth was always present as he talked about the highs and the lows of his career thus far."
Ronnie Wood’s live album ‘Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry’ is released on Friday 15th November via BMG.