The Libertines took to the stage in the summer, to play to 65,000 fans at Hyde Park, London, against the backdrop of the short film made by Roger Sargent, edited as a visual history of the band. Because of the fantastic reception of the film, it has now been made available online to watch; see below. The band have announced a recent signing to Virgin EMI and that there will be a new studio album on the horizon.
The fifteen minute short film is made up of old footage and photos from Roger Sargent’s extensive Libertines archive, including unheard interview footage from Roger’s acclaimed 2010 documentary “There Are No Innocent Bystanders”, as well as footage from Libertines Alley in Bethnal Green, unseen footage from The Libertines' Freedom gig in Chatham at the Tap ’n’ Tin in 2003 (supplied by Dean Fragile), and footage from the band's original music videos by Gina Birch amongst others. The short film does not contain anything from the bands reformation in 2014.
It was decided to make the film available now after a frenzy on Twitter and Facebook from fans from across the world asking to see it or see it again. Roger adds “I made this short film to be shown before the Hyde Park show and wanted it to convey how important the band are, how much we missed them and how good it was too have them back.”