BB King: The Life Of Riley More Screenings Added

BB King: The Life Of Riley More Screenings Added

Following Critically Acclaimed Premiere More Screenings Across UK Announced Due To Exceptional Demand

“From Panton Street To Peckham”


One of the Most Inspirational Stories in the History of Music

Narrated By Morgan Freeman


Accompanied by a major Soundtrack Release from Universal Music




The legendary BB KING worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film released theatrically in 2012. The ecstatic, from-the-heart, contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars was a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 86 years old, BB King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true life drama that was the springboard for the future ‘King of the Blues’. Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whist working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, BB King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of America’s Deep South. Informative and visually stunning, ‘The Life of Riley’ is supported by an incredible soundtrack featuring BB King.


More Screening Now Announced


Friday 7th to the Thursday 13th December 2012 – Panton Street Odeon


Friday 14th to Thursday 20th December 2012 – Peckham, Peckham Plex / 0844 567 2742 (Tickets priced at £4.99)


‘BB King: The Life of Riley’ – Contributors

Aaron Neville Allan Hammons

Annie Clay B.B. King

Bernard Purdie Bill Cosby

Bill Szymczyk Bill Wyman

Billy Boy Arnold Bobby Bland

Bono Bonnie Raitt

Bruce Willis Buddy Guy

Calvin Owens Carlos Santana

Carver Randle Cato Walker

Charles Evers Charles Sawyer

Clemmie Truevellian Derek Trucks

Delcia Davis Doyle Bramhall

Dr. John Eric Clapton

Ernest Withers Ford Nelson

George Benson James Toney

Jessie May Golden Joe Bihari

Joe Bonamassa Joe Walsh

John Cadillac Holden John Fair

John Mayer John Mayall

Johnny Winter Jonny Lang

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Lessie May Fair

LaVerne Toney Leon Russell

Mick Hucknall Mick Taylor

Morgan Freeman Paul Rodgers

Peter Green Polly Walker

Rev. David Matthews Ringo Starr

Robert Cray Robert Lockwood

Ronnie Wood Sara Betty Lou Henson

Slash Stewart Levine

Sue King Evans Susan Tedeschi

Tina France Walter Trout

Wayne Cartledge


To tie in to the film release Universal Music will be releasing an Original Soundtrack, “BB King: The Life Of Riley” OST, with songs from the film, on the 26th November 2012.

“The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King. And much more: this movie is BB’s valedictory testimony, and a monument to the essence of the blues and whence he and they came – in Mississippi delta cotton country – and their impact on us all” – The Observer


Emperor Media are pleased to announce select screenings of the acclaimed film “BB King The Life Of Riley”. The film was first released theatrically to widespread critical acclaim in October 2012. Reviews of the theatrical release include the below


“A powerful insight into BB King…Music fans will love this” – Sunday Mirror

“A meticulous record of a long and industrious life in the blues” Mojo 4/5

“Engrossing” Radio Times 4/5

“King is modest, wise and charming in his reminiscence” – Sunday Times

“Morgan Freeman’s wise drawl underscores this tribute to Riley “B.B.” King” Total Film 4/5

“Affectionate and illuminating” Time Out 4/5

“A seriously impressive tribute to the big B’s raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm” –Classic Rock 8/10

“Jon Brewer’s film about the great bluesman features excellent footage and tributes…” – Observer

“Excellent use of archive footage and interviews…but the real stars are King, his music and his gregarious humility” – Evening Standard

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