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.

Featuring: John Peel, Frank Skinner, Nigel Slater, Robin Askwith, Samira Ahmed, Gina Birch, Marc Riley, Danny Fields, John Taylor, Paul Morley, Fuzzbox, Kevin Eldon, Nish Kumar, Bridget Christie, Andrew O’Neill, Seann Walsh, Paul Putner, Steve Beresford and more

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Director: Michael Cumming
Brass Eye, Oxide Ghosts, Toast Of London

Writer: Stewart Lee
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle

Producer: James Nicholls
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“Rapidly shaping up as one of my all-time favourite rock-docs”  
Mark Kermode

“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

“Looking at my timeline has made me believe the whole country is watching King Rocker”
Robin Ince

“The film is ace, the band are ace and Rob is a remarkable man”
Marc Riley

“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 Quietus

“King Rocker finds beauty, heroism and even a whiff of transcendence in the most unlikely places. I loved it”
Mark Kermode
BBC News

“Unsurprisingly hilarious”
David Baddiel

“The Jarvis Cocker that never happened”
The Guardian
Pick Of The Day

“Ferociously Entertaining”
(Voted #2 Film Of The Year)

“Lloyds chemistry with Lee is the cornerstone of its charm”
Radio Times

“A charming and experimental documentary”
The Observer
Pick Of The Day

charming, amusing and creatively inspiring documentary”

Lee tells Lloyds story with skill, passion and verve”
The Times

“The best music documentary I’ve seen in ten years… I absolutely love King Rocker”
John Doran, The Quietus

“A beautiful and fucking hilarious and moving film”
Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6