Charlie is My Darling was the very first documentary to chronicle the Rolling Stones, long before they achieved mythic status. It was filmed on a brief tour of Ireland in the aftermath of breakthrough single “(I Can’t Get No Satisfaction)” hitting No. 1. Though it featured professionally filmed concert performances as well as behind-the-scenes segments of the group on the road, Charlie has only trickled out in brief segments over the years, some not properly synched. Directed by Peter Whitehead (Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London) and produced by the legendary impresario (and the Stones’ manager from 1963 to 1967) Andrew Loog Oldham, the movie includes “candid, off-the-cuff interviews…juxtaposed with revealing, comical scenes of the band goofing on one another as well as unsuspecting outsiders,” according to ABKCO. It “offers an unmatched look inside the day-to-day life of the Stones.”
Shot on a quick tour of Ireland just weeks after the Stones hit number one with (I Can’t Get No), Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 is the first documentary of the band, featuring professionally filmed concert performances and intimate, behind-the-scenes diary-like segments of the young Stones on the road.
Amongst Stones fans, Charlie Is My Darling has achieved mythic status over the years – the film surfaced only in bits and pieces and un-synched fragments. In the pic, the band is shown traveling through the Irish countryside by train; dashing from cabs to cramped, basement dressing rooms through screaming hordes of fans. Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy.
Originally directed by Peter Whitehead and produced by Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham, the 2012 version, presented by ABKCO FIlms, has been meticulously restored with added, never-before-seen footage by director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein, the Grammy-Award winning team that brought the classic The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to the screen.
Charlie Is My Darling – 1965 will premiere at The New York Film Festival on Saturday 29 September. A broadcast premiere will follow soon after, and the film will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a super deluxe box set which will include two CDs and a vinyl LP on 6 November.
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CROSSFIRE HURRICANE – a new film about the Rolling Stones’ 50 year career
The official documentary is being helmed by Brett Morgen who has previously won a Sundance award for boxing film On The Ropes and, perhaps more relevantly, directed 2001 pop documentary Say It Loud: A Celebration Of Black Music In America, which featured the likes of Al Green, Aretha Franklin and BB King.
Crossfire Hurricane will reportedly feature a large amount of previously-unseen footage of the band – up to 80 per cent of the archive material could be new, said Keith Richards back in March – and will include commentary from all of the current ‘Stones line-up, as well as past members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman.
The band and film-maker are promising that it will cover the group’s entire 50-year career “from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas”.
In a statement, Brett Morgan told press: “Crossfire Hurricane invites the audience to experience firsthand the Stones’ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson. Crossfire Hurricane allows the viewer to experience the Stones’ journey from a unique vantage point. It’s an aural and visual roller coaster ride.”
Crossfire Hurricane has taken over a year to make and produce with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and will be released in November.
For more information about Crossfire Hurricane, please visit the official Rolling Stones site.