James D. Cooper’s Directional Debut Lambert & Stamp is Released in the UK

Lambert and Stamp, James D. Cooper’s directional debut, tells the story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert’s part in the operatic rise of The Who. Also featuring Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Terence Stamp, the film journeys through 1960s youth culture as Stamp and Lambert, aspiring filmmakers from completely different sides of the tracks, discovered the High Numbers in their search for the subject of their first movie.

Renaming the group The Who, the two men decided against making a movie and instead begun developing the group – adding an unusual chemistry, their filmic ideas, stylish dress and outrageous performance.

The band and their creative directors, as such, forged a close, deeply tragic and often comedic relationship as they developed them artistically and created a sound and image to influence many generations to come. This non-fiction feature film studies The Who’s dramatic rise, the consequent turbulence and the shocking effects of mega-stardom through candid conversations with remaining band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

In addition to this unique insight into the band members is rare footage from London’s 1960s Mod scene, and enthralling contemporary photography taken by Cooper – which brings the emotional story to the present day. Noisily accompanied by the most epic tracks that dominated the music scene throughout the second half of the 20th century, Lambert & Stamp takes audiences on a journey through love, rebellion, success and internal struggle, and the frightening bonds that such chaotic times can create.

Lambert & Stamp is released in cinemas in the UK from 15 May 2015. For more information visit www.lambertandstampmovie.co.uk

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1. James D. Cooper, Lambert & Stamp (2014).