The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders

Roger Sargent:
The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders (UK, 2011)
89 min. - English
Age limit 12 years

You’ve probably heard the name The Libertines being used in association with everything else except music - except music. The band’s leader Pete Doherty is one of the most well-known figures of the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle. He’s been a regular feature in tabloids, taken every drug known to man, danced with death and has even been married to Kate Moss. The other members of the band aren’t exactly mummy’s boys either.

Messing around is a part of the Libertines - there’s no denying it - but they were a lot more than just a drunken bundle of trouble or one of the many saviors of rock n’ roll declared by the British media. They were about dynamic rock and great songs, a band with a strong will of its own. In 2010 the band tried to leave all their strong disagreements and tangles behind in order to make a comeback. Roger Sargent’s movie The Libertines – There Are No Innocent Bystanders documents this windy road and doesn’t concentrate on the tabloids but the people behind them. The rowdiness, messing up and the rock n’ roll lifestyle are still there, too. When it comes to the Libertines, what else could there be? There are some things you just can’t leave behind...

The director Roger Sargent was trusted photographer of the Libertines for years and was in the band's close circle of acquaintances. He is, thus, able to get extremely close with his interviewees and is, for example, able to unwind the complicated relationship between the two frontmen, Doherty and Barāt. The photographs of Sargent also play an important role in carrying the story towards the long-awaited final concert.

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The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders

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