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Performance (1970) - Scenes Season

Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani

An extraordinary directorial debut by the late Nicolas Roeg, collaborating with Donald Cammell, and a fractious movie of two worlds in collision: East End gangland meets psychedelic 60s pop culture.  

James Fox gives a mesmerising performance as Chas, a psychotic hard man who is forced underground by a murderous feud, to hide out in the cavernous Notting Hill residence of jaded rock star, Turner (Mick Jagger) with his bohemian entourage.

The film plays with alter-egos, sexuality, and identity as people slip in and out of character and guises, underlined by the presence of Jagger and his rock persona.

**You are welcome to join us for post-film 60s & 70s psychedelic music with DJ Don Philipe**


Inspired by a project by Caroline Jupp to interview local audiences about their personally significant movie scenes, this season is celebrating a selection of these films from the iconic to the obscure.

Performance was chosen by Phil, one of Deptford Cinema’s volunteers, for its Memo from Turner scene, where Jagger’s character morphs mid-song into surreal boardroom rant.

A Scenes publication will be available to browse and purchase during the Scenes Season from the Deptford Cinema bar.

Copies of the book will go to three ticket holders pulled from a hat on the night.

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  • DIRECTOR: Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell

  • STARRING: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michelle Breton

  • UK

  • 1970

  • 105 MINS

  • RATING – 18

Doors 7:30 PM

Film 8:00 PM

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One of Roeg’s most complex visual kaleidoscopes as pop star and enforcer coalesce in a marriage of heaven and hell (or underworld and underground)...
— Time Out
a kaleidoscope, visually and verbally sliding over the concepts of sexual identity and public performance.
— The Guardian
Performance was not only the greatest seventies film about identity, if any movie in the whole Story of Film should be compulsory viewing for film makers, maybe this is it.
— Mark Cousins
The most disgusting, the most completely worthless film I have seen since I began reviewing.
— Richard Schikel - Life Magazine
Earlier Event: April 4
LIFE DRAWING at Deptford Cinema