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December 23, 2022

Episode 603: Performance (1970)

Episode 603: Performance (1970) Special Guests: Sam Umland, Keiron Pim
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Ben Slater

We’re looking at Nic Roeg and 's Performance (1970), the story of a gangster (James Fox) who kills an old friend and goes into hiding at the chateau of a rock star (Mick Jagger).

Ben Slater and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss the film and its themes of duality while Professor Sam Umland talks about Donald Cammell and Keiron Pim shines a light on the film's consultant, David Litvinoff.

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"Performance" - Happy Mondays
"Jigsaw" - The Rolling Stones
"Memo to Turner" - Mick Jagger



  1. The best podcast that I have listened to on this fascinating subject. Bravo! The Lockheed SR-71 featured at the opening scene is the fastest aeroplane ever built. In 1969, onboard camera footage would be restricted so Frank Mazzola would have to have had a friend at Skunk Works or NASA to provide it.
    It was International Times magazine that described Performance as an 'evil, heavy film'.
    A couple of friends of mine knew John Bindon, or 'Biffo' as he was known. They both liked him, his heavy reputation notwithstanding.
    Thanks again, Noel, (still in Liverpool).

  2. Actually, I'm just reviewing and it looks like a fly-by from the Blackbird which is then interspersed with an onboard camera footage of a missile ofmsome sort, judging by the vapour trail trajectory.. I'll see if I can get Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter on the blower...