The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965

Ireland / United States 2012, 63 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles

Newly discovered, never-before-seen-footage has been woven into an intimate behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones. Shot during a quick tour of Ireland just weeks after “Satisfaction” hit #1 on the charts, it features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy their appearances inspired. The band is shown traveling through the Irish countryside by train; dashing from cabs to cramped basement dressing rooms through screaming hordes of fans. Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. Charlie is my Darling is the invaluable frame that captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 website

Directors: Mick Gochanour, Peter Whitehead
Production: Robin Klein, Andrew Loog Oldham
Production Company: Abkco Films
Editing: Nathan Punwar
Cinematography: Peter Whitehead
Soundtrack: The Rolling Stones
Print Source: 16mm (
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Director CV


Growing up along the Mississippi River in Moline Illinois, Mick Gochanour was nearly as far away from the vortex of the film world as one can get in America. As a kid, he’d check out silent films and sound effects records from the library and later taught himself guitar, becoming a fixture on the local rock scene. Mick studied film, music and art at college while running an alternative record store before his move to New York in 1981.

By the early 1990’s, Mick was working on multimedia aspects of tours by some of the top names in the industry including David Bowie, Madonna and Peter Gabriel. His association with ABKCO Films and ABKCO Music & Records began in 1993 when he directed the trailer for Jean Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil (1+1). Later, he co-produced The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus, unearthing missing footage, the absence of which had long prevented the legendary film's completion. Mick spent over three years directing the edit, restoring and mixing Michael Lindsey-Hoog’s heretofore-unfinished film. The competed version finally made its theatrical debut to critical acclaim at the prestigious New York Film Festival in 1996.

Mick Gochanour’s continuing work for ABKCO Films secured him a prestigious Grammy® Award for his work on the documentary, Sam Cooke: LEGEND. He produced the restoration of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain, directed the award-winning music video Sympathy for the Devil – Fatboy Slim Remix as well as numerous commercials, music videos and multimedia works. Most recently, Mick co-wrote and co-produced Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! for director Albert Maysles. In early 2011, while researching the film archives of the Rolling Stones, he discovered hours of previously unseen footage shot by Peter Whitehead during the Stone’s 1965 tour of Ireland. Working with an earlier, unreleased cut and the newly found elements that included the first known filmed concert performance of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," he, along with editor Nathan Punwar and longtime collaborator and producer Robin Klein, spent the next two years creating the film The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – IRELAND 1965.


Born into a working class family in Liverpool in 1937, Peter Whitehead won a scholarship to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences. Having then won a scholarship to study painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, he moved to London, but never picked up a paintbrush. Instead, he shot 16mm films, worked as a newsreel cameraman for Greek and Italian television and soon established himself as a documentary filmmaker. In 1965 Whitehead had his breakthrough with Wholly Communion, a documentary of an international poetry reading held at the Royal Albert Hall.

His films are a unique interaction with documentary, art, politics and the supernatural. Whitehead spent the next years travelling the world and in the 1980’s pursued his passion of trapping and breeding falcons in Saudi Arabia. An author of 12 novels, a scientist, newsreel cameraman, publisher, falconer, erotic photographer and occultist, Peter Whitehead haslived a rich life of extraordinary, almost hallucinogenic intensity. He now lives in England.

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