Performance (1970)

USA, UK, 1968
35mm film, Technicolor, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American/British crime thriller with some fantasy elements directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg.

Plot Summary

East London gangster Chas needs a hideout following an assassination he shouldn’t have committed. He winds up at the guest house run by Turner, a former rock star looking to make a comeback. Things soon start to turn very strange…


Directed by: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
© MCMLXX by Warner Bros. Inc.
A Goodtimes Enterprises production (opening credits) Made by Goodtimes Enterprises Limited (end credits). Distributed by Warner Bros.
Produced by: Sanford Lieberson
Associate Producer: David Cammell
Written by: Donald Cammell
Photographed by: Nicolas Roeg
Film Editors: Antony Gibbs, Brian Smedley-Aston
Music by: Jack Nitzsche
Sound Recordist: Ron Barron
Wardrobe: Emma Porteus, Billy Jay
Make-up: Paul Rabiger
Hairdresser: Helen Lennox
Art Director: John Clark
Locations: 25 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London, England, UK; 81 Powis Square, Notting Hill Gate, London, England, UK; Paddington Station, London, England, UK
Completed at: Twickenham Film Studios, London, England

James Fox (Chas)
Mick Jagger (Turner)
Anita Pallenberg (Pherber)
Michèle Breton (Lucy)
Ann Sidney (Dana)
John Bindon (Moody)
Stanley Meadows (Rosebloom)
Allan Cuthbertson (the lawyer)
Anthony Morton (Dennis)
Johnny Shannon (Harry Flowers)
Anthony Valentine (Joey Maddocks)
Ken Colley (Tony Farrell)
John Sterland (the chauffeur)
Laraine Wickens (Lorraine)

Alternative Titles

Kreacja – Poland
Nottinghill kl. 11.17 – Finland (Swedish)
Nottinghill klo 11.17 – Finland
Sadismo – Italy
Vanilla – France (DVD)

Extracts included in
Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998)
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002)



  • Hotdog no.37 (2003) pp.122-127 – illustrated article (Sex, drugs and Rolling Stones by Ali Catterall)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.445 (February 1971) – credits, synopsis, review


  • BFI Film Classics: Performance by Colin MacCabe – illustrated articles
  • Bloomsbury Movie Guide No.6: Performance by Mick Brown – articles, review
  • Cult Movies: A Hundred Ways to Find the Reel Thing by Danny Peary – review
  • Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – review
  • Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties – article (The Notting Hill film by Ali Catterall and Simon Wells)