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“you’ll look funny when you’re fifty.”

“you’ll look funny when you’re fifty.”

performance – the making of a classic

The 50th anniversary numbered limited edition large format book on the making of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s iconic film performance, starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. All preorders save £50 on RRP and early Donald Cammell Performance treatments: The Liars and The Performers.

50th anniversary? Fucking hell!” Mick Jagger
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Performance – 50th anniversary book

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This film is about madness. And sanity. Sex. Perversion. Death. And Life.

Behind-the-scenes- look at the making of the landmark film.

Performance is written by Jay Glennie, working closely with Performance producer Sandy Lieberson, who opened up his extensive archives. The large format book takes a comprehensive look at the landmark British film. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the filming of Performance, it includes exclusive interviews with cast & crew (including Mick Jagger, James Fox, Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson), soundtrack musicians and artists influenced by the film.

Featuring stunning on-location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and often difficult journey from page to screen of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s visionary film. Every film has its own extraordinary story but never anything like Performance! The book details how a group of mostly first time filmmakers managed to raise the money for a film without showing the studio financing it a script and then shoot the whole film on location away from any studio executives preying eyes and then see their film not released for two years.

Performance the book looks at the personality clashes on set, the unconventional working methods of codirectors Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and their stars Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton. Through first-hand accounts and extensive research, we find out what it was like to work on the famed film. And after a shoot that was typified by a ‘work hard, play hard’ approach, we discover there was still more controversy to come with a soundtrack only featuring one Mick Jagger song, the refusal to release the film by Warner Bros. until it was heavily edited and a decidedly cool reception from most critics.

That Performance is now seen as a classic that was ahead of its time says something about the enduring power of the film, the genius of Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and the mesmerising  presence of Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton.

This beautiful, exclusive large format book will have a numbered, limited edition release of just 3,000 copies worldwide and includes more than 400 images. Now available to pre-order at a special early bird price from £100.

  • Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the shoot.
  • Limited edition of 3,000 numbered copies worldwide.
  • Pages 348
  • With over 130 colour images. 
  • 330 black and white onset images. 
  • Unseen onset images and also featuring images from Cecil Beaton, Michael Cooper, Andrew Maclear and Baron Wolman.
  • Large format book (page size 240mm x 340mm)


The money was in Mick, although I was certainly a useful name for the film the money was in Mick.
James Fox


About Coattail Publications


Mick Jagger / Turner
James Fox / Chas
Nic Roeg / co-Director
Sandy Lieberson / Producer
Kenneth Hyman / Head of Warner Brothers-Seven Arts
Stanley Meadows / Rosebloom
Billy Murray / Steve
David Cammell / Associate Producer
Brian Smedley-Aston / Editor
Linda DeVetta / Makeup Artist
Christopher Gibbs / Design Consultant : Turner's House
Peter Young / Set Dresser
Mike Molloy / Camera Operator
Peter Hannan / First Assistant Camera
Emma Porteous / Costumes
Russ Titelman / Soundtrack Musician
Buffy Sainte-Marie / Soundtrack Musician
Bernard Krause / Soundtrack Musician
Joe Sidore / Soundtrack Engineer
Alan Pattillo / Sound Editor
Caroline Upcher / Assistant to Donald Cammell
Chris O'Dell / Production Assistant
Peter Jaques / Assistant Director
Tony Palmer / Second Assistant Editor
Maggie Abbott / Agent
Caroline Coon / Release Founder
Michael Deeley / Producer : The Man Who Fell to Earth
Barry Spikings / Producer : The Man Who Fell to Earth

The legacy of Performance

Dean Cavanagh
Dan Donovan
Jeannette Lee
Don Letts
Bill Nighy
William Orbit
Jon Savage
Paul Schrader
Geoff Travis
Irvine Welsh
Stephen Woolley


Jay Glennie

Jay Glennie is a writer on film and has interviewed stars of the silver screen for many years. His work has appeared in GQ, Uncut, The Guardian, The Daily Mail,Showcase Cinemas and many more publications. Previously he interviewed the cast and crew of Nic Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth for a large format book on the iconic film starring David Bowie.

‘Funny when you’re fifty‘ the making of Performance is Jay’s second book. His third will centre on the making of the Oscar winning The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro. 

“It’s been wonderful to collaborate with Sandy Lieberson and tell the story of the making of Performance.
To undertake the research and hear firsthand accounts from Mick Jagger, James Fox, Nic Roeg on the making of their iconic film Performance has been thrill. Our large format book pays tribute to them and all the artists who helped create Performance.” 








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Delivery Rates

UK - £9.50

EU - £28.00

Europe - £ 40.00

ROW - £45.00

Delivery Rates

UK - £9.50

EU - £28.00

Europe - £ 40.00

ROW - £45.00

Free when pre-ordering the numbered, limited edition, large format book Performance are Donald Cammell’s treatments for The Liars and The Performers! Both are faithfully reproduced from Donald Cammell’s original work.
The Lairs was written by Cammell with a view for the Hollywood icon Marlon Brando playing the gangster on the run.

When Brando intimidated that the part would be of interest Cammell returned to his home in Paris and rewrote the piece and in turn The Performers was presented to Brando by producer Sandy Lieberson.

Brando passed and The Performers was re-written as Performance for James Fox to star as Chas alongside side Mick Jagger’s Turner.