Stalking Pete Doherty

Stalking Pete Doherty

Stalking Pete Doherty

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Stalking Pete Doherty is a rockumentary assembled from footage shot by Max Carlish, a BAFTA Award–winning film director. As the title suggests, it is about both attempts by Carlish to interview Pete Doherty.

Max Carlish is a British documentary filmmaker and former lecturer in media studies, was born to Jewish parents in the city of Birmingham. Carlish helped produce an Emmy and BAFTA-award-winning television series about the Royal Opera House. He is most famous, however, for his attempts to produce a so-called rockumentary about Pete Doherty, singer and guitarist with The Libertines and Babyshambles. Doherty was charged with assault and blackmail of the filmmaker after Carlish sold photographs of Doherty taking heroin to Sunday newspapers.

Carlish's footage was used in a programme entitled Stalking Pete Doherty broadcast on 17 May 2005, and then again on 11 March 2006 on Channel 4. In fact, the programme focused more on Carlish's apparent obsession with Doherty than it did with Doherty's life.

"I've never heard of a journalist slash documentary maker who would so demean himself in order to get his story as Max Carlish, who made himself the clown of the Babyshambles posse as if it was an honourable tactic. Max Carlish deserved a good punch on the nose." Neil McCormick, music journalist


"A friend of mine saw the footage of him taking heroin and thought I could sell them,” Carlish commented. “Before I knew it I was in the middle of a bidding war. I was...
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