Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Lambert & Stamp 2014

Directed by James D. Cooper Music

The candid, definitive and hugely entertaining tale of the rise of The Who, named for the cinephilic pair of Swinging Londoners who figured that managing a band would be a great way to get a movie made.

Jul 19

SkyCity Theatre

Jul 24

SkyCity Theatre

USA In English
117 minutes Colour and B&W / DCP

Director, Photography


James D. Cooper
Loretta Harms
Douglas Graves


Christopher Tellefsen


The Who


Chris Stamp
Kit Lambert
Pete Townshend
Roger Daltrey
Terence Stamp
Heather Daltrey
Richard Barnes
John Hemming
Robert Fearnley-Whittingstall
Irish Jack


Sundance 2014
Sydney 2015

Presented in Association With

The Sound

“More combustible than most bands (or most explosives), The Who had a street fighter for a frontman, a thorny intellectual for a guitarist, a lunatic whirlwind for a drummer and John Entwistle on bass. As we learn in the puckishly entertaining Lambert & Stamp, the guys needed a firm hand: Oxford-educated Kit Lambert and East End schemer Chris Stamp (brother of actor Terence) were both frustrated filmmakers until they found a mission in polishing the rock quartet for stardom. Roger Daltrey’s punching problem had to be addressed, while Pete Townshend required creative encouragement (and Lambert’s classical vinyl) if he was ever going to finish Tommy. Blessed with a wealth of golden b&w footage (Lambert and Stamp always planned to document their managerial brilliance), James D. Cooper’s poundingly fun, scrappy profile has an unusually satisfying nutsand- bolts perspective on the 60s fame machine.” — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

“This isn’t myth-burnishing hokum… Lambert & Stamp just happens to illuminate the glory and tumult of the band’s rise with unexpected candour.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice