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Anton Corbijn

Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)

Edition 2023
101' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: Anton Corbijn With: Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Roger Waters
In his new documentary Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis), Anton Corbijn tells the story of Hipgnosis, the collective that designed iconic album covers, such as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.
"What I love about vinyl is the artwork is the poor man's art collection" says Noel Gallagher in Squaring the Circle. When it comes to the work of Hipgnosis, that's actually not that far from the truth. The duo Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell - later joined by Peter Christopherson - delivered one iconic album cover after another from 1968 to the early 1980s as Hipgnosis. The most famous being Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Hipgnosis also worked with Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and Peter Gabriel, among others. Only Powell is still alive. Here, he acts as narrator in this new documentary by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. The interviews - many musicians agreed to take part - are filmed in Corbijn's signature high-contrast black-and-whit. The covers, however, dazzle with their vibrant colours.
“A snapshot of a richly creative moment in music history, told through a couple of hippies who designed some of the most iconic album covers of all time. Hipgnosis operated in an intersection in which vast record company budgets overlapped with an equally generous supply of hallucinogenic drugs. The rest is history.” - The Observer

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Anton Corbijn


Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Roger Waters


Trish D Chetty, Trish D Chetty

Director of Photography

Stuart Luck, Martijn van Broekhuizen


Andrew Hulme


Trish D Chetty, Ged Doherty, Colin Firth

Production studios

Raindog Films


Splendid Film

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Countries of production

United Kingdom




Anton Corbijn
Devotional (1993), Some Yoyo Stuff (1994), Control (2007), Linear (2009), The American (2010), A Most Wanted Man (2014), Live in Berlin (2014), Life (2015), Spirits in the Forest (2019), Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) (2023)

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