22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Squaring The Circle (The Story Of Hipgnosis)

United Kingdom, 2023: 101 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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The story of the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time.

Celebrated photographer, creative director and filmmaker Anton Corbijn’s (CONTROL and A MOST WANTED MAN) first feature documentary SQUARING THE CIRCLE (THE STORY OF HIPGNOSIS) examines the life and work of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, who formed Hipgnosis in Cambridge during the ferment of the '60s and became rock royalty during the boom time of the '70s. They conjured into existence sights that no one had previously thought possible, produced visuals which popularized music that had previously been considered fringe, and were at the white-hot center of the maddest, funniest and most creative era in the history of popular music. The film features brand new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour & Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Noel Gallagher, and many more.

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A polymath in photography, music videos, feature films, graphic design, and commercials, Anton Corbijn is perhaps best known for immortalizing some of the greatest artists of our time. His portraits are praised for capturing the soul and charisma of his subjects. Effortlessly moving in the early '80s from photography into music videos Corbijn has since made approximately 80 promos for people like U2, Johnny Cash, Arcade Fire, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Metallica, Nick Cave, Coldplay and The Killers. In 2006 Corbijn started working on feature films, making his feature debut, CONTROL (2007), The American (2010), A MOST WANTED MAN (2014), LIFE (2015), and SPIRITS IN THE FOREST (2019). SQUARING THE CIRCLE (2023) is his latest feature film.

press for Squaring The Circle (The Story Of Hipgnosis)

"A treat for anyone with a taste for rock, for rock imagery and for the glories that can be found in that piece of cardboard wrapped around a record."
- TheWrap
"A fun ride for anyone with any affection for that era of music, especially those who miss the days when album cover art mattered."
- Tilt Magazine


Documentary / Music / Art

101 minutes


Anton Corbijn

Executive Producers
Nick Angel
George Chignell
Andrew Hulme
Thorsten Schumacher
Stuart Souter
Merck Mercuriadis

Trish D Chetty
Ged Doherty
Colin Firth

Trish D Chetty

Stuart Luck
Martijn Van Broekhuizen




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