The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders

Published on 12th February 2017 by

First time director Roger Sargent created this 2011 access-all-areas documentary about the reunion shows of The Liberties at Reading and Leeds Festivals in the summer of 2010, six years after the band first split. Sargent has been close to the band and acted as their photographer since their formation,

The film covers the bands history, the turmoil which caused the first breakup of the band, and the process of healing which led to the reunion. It also gives an insight into the preparations and rehearsals required leading up to the reunion gigs. Every member of the band gives painfully honest interviews about the bands history and their fall out.

This is a band that had matured, time was a great healer. Further insight into the chaos which surrounded heroin and crack addicted Pete Doherty at the time of the first breakup in 2004 can be gained by watching Stalking Pete Doherty (2005) and Who The Fuck is Pete Doherty (2005).


Sargent had previously co-authored the 2006 book The Libertines Bound Together: The Definitive Story of Peter Doherty and Carl Barat and How They Changed British Music, which gave an insight into the bands history, the early years, the highs and lows of the band, and the eventual fallout between Doherty and the rest of the band. It was very well received, even being praised by both Doherty and Barat.

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