This is a documentary look at the frustrated life of Donald Cammell, who wrote and partly directed the film Performance, which starred Mick Jagger and James Fox. Cammell was hailed by some as a genius, but he only made another two films. When he decided to end his life, in 1996, he chose to do so in a manner the murder at the end of his most memorable work. Friends and people who worked with him discuss his life. The film traces Cammell’s career from his early years as a portrait painter in 1960s London to his final days in Hollywood. Cammell himself, filmed shortly before his death, discusses his work and the constraints he faced in the film industry.
This was originally broadcast on BBC TV as part of the TX series in 1998.