Performance – Fri 19 Oct

3. PERFORMANCE - 19.10.18 - 1500:HERBERT


Performance (1970) | Fri 19 Oct | 3pm | 105mins

Suggested Rating: 12 | Language: English

Venue: Herbert, Coventry

+ Post screening with special guests.


Influenced by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966) and the films of Alain Resnais, Performance introduced the fractured storytelling and editing style of cinematographer-turned-director Nicolas Roeg. Co-director and screenwriter Donald Cammell can be credited for the mind-bending, debauched tone, which so outraged Warner Bros that the studio shelved the film for two years. The use of colour is extraordinarily vivid, while the soundtrack incorporates Jack Nitzsche’s unnerving score alongside songs that include Jagger’s Memo from Turner.

Donald Cammell directed only three more features before his death in 1996. Sexy Beast (2000), also featuring James Fox, stands out among many films influenced by Performance.

‘Perhaps the last genuinely exotic fruit produced by the bizarre mutations of British society in the 1960s.’
Alexander Walker, Hollywood England: The British Film Industry in the Sixties, 1986

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Warner Bros.



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