Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998)

Release Date - Oct 14, 1998 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Kevin Macdonald and Chris Rodley produced and directed this British documentary about film director Donald Cammell, best known for his collaboration with Nicolas Roeg on Performance (1970). The lead actors in Performance, Mick Jagger and James Fox, are interviewed along with Roeg, Barbara Steele, Cathy Moriarty, and avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger, who cast Cammell in his 1973 Lucifer Rising. Macdonald and Rodley trace Cammell's career from his days as a Paris portrait artist to such films as Demon Seed, White of the Eye, and The Wild Side with Anne Heche and Christopher Walken, probing the dark side of Cammell's "dissociative personality" that triggered his 1996 suicide. Cammell is seen in several interview clips. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival and the 1998 Chicago Film Festival.



artist, career, film-director, filmmaker, interview, suicide