Three of The Libertines stepped out last night (April 27) at the London Troxy to watch the premiere of the new documentary about their band, There Are No Innocent Bystanders.
The film, directed by NME photographer/filmmaker Roger Sargent, was showing as part of the East End Film Festival. Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell were there, but conspicuous by his absence was Pete Doherty, who failed to turn up to the event.
The film features new interviews with the band and documents their 2010 reunion, where they played the Reading And Leeds Festivals as well as warm-up gigs at the London HMV Forum. The interviews with Barat and Doherty expose the still-simmering tensions between the pair, who seem to have put the band on ice for the near future.
Barat visits some of his old Libertines haunts in the film, including the property on Holloway Road that he used to share with Doherty. He talks about how he used to sleep in an “iron cage” and about the brothel that operated next door. Visiting another property the pair used to live in, he explains how they used to have to “flush the toilet with Evian” and left the flat “burned out”.
“It’s quite nerve-wracking,” Barat told NME of attending the screening. “It’s the first time I’ve been to a film in which I’ve got a principle part in. It was difficult [watching the film]. It’s not sensationalist, with headlines spinning into view about ‘prison’ or whatever, but it’s a very close look. For all I know it could totally demystify peoples’ impressions and everything that means a lot. But then again, it’s just the truth.”
Speaking of the current status of The Libertines he added: “Right now, I can work out what I want to do. I don’t feel like I have to force any reunions. And if we did that, which everyone’s always asking, it would just be shit. I’d be miserable. Everyone else would be miserable, and it wouldn’t be a particularly great result. If something happens, then it does and it’ll be real. It might be absolutely fucking shocking, or it might be great. Or it might not happen.”
The film is expected to be released on DVD at a later date.