Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)


The Main 3 Tue, Apr 18, 2023 4:45 PM
The Main 2 Sat, Apr 22, 2023 4:30 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Release Year:2023
Runtime:101 min
Country/Region:United Kingdom
Print Source:Utopia
Culture & Society
Director:Anton Corbijn
Producer:Trish D Chetty
Ged Doherty
Colin Firth
Editor:Andrew Hulme


Celebrated photographer, creative director and filmmaker Anton Corbijn’s first feature documentary Squaring the Circle (the story of hipgnosis) tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time.

They formed Hipgnosis in Cambridge during the ferment of the sixties and became rock royalty during the boom time of the seventies. During this period, record companies didn’t dictate to acts like Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney what their LP covers should look like - Storm and Po did. Squaring the Circle profiles the white-hot center of the maddest, funniest and most creative era in the history of popular music.

Director Biography

Anton Corbijn has seemingly done it all: an acclaimed photographer and graphic designer, he also changed the face of music videos and commercials before embarking on a directing career. His feature films include Control (2006), about the band Joy Division, The American (2010), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Life (2015).