Stones In Exile

A Passion Pictures and M Street Production

Premiere: Cannes Film Festival 2010


Stephen Kijak


John Battsek | Victoria Pearman

Executive Producers

Mick Jagger | Keith Richards | Charlie Watts


Ben Stark

Director of photography

Grant Gee

Motion graphics

Allison Brownmoore

At the end of the 60’s the Rolling Stones were at a turning point: hounded by the press, battling drug busts, and facing possible financial ruin. The band threw down the gauntlet and decamped to the south of France to begin the most arduous recording sessions of their entire careers for an album that, in time, came to be regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever made. This is the story of the Stones in exile, and the making of ‘Exile on Main Street.’ Featuring a treasure-trove of rare and never-before-seen film and photos, new interviews with the band and some of the men and women who bore witness to the album’s creation, STONES IN EXILE is a heady time-travel trip back to the summer of 1972 that bears witness to a vivid moment in rock and roll history.

“...the documentary lays down a pulsating take on summer of '71... nearly 40 years after that summer of drugs and discontent, ‘Stones In Exile’ sets the gospel about what really transpired and how the Stones turned madness into music.”

“...a beautifully atmospheric [documentary] that perfectly captures its time....Hell, it looks fun back then...”