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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Who Doc 'Lambert & Stamp'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 20, 2014 at 4:39PM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Who founding story "Lambert & Stamp," which debuted well at Sundance 2014. SPC will handle the release of cinematographer-turned-director James D. Cooper’s debut documentary in multiple territories.
'Lambert & Stamp'
'Lambert & Stamp'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Who founding story "Lambert & Stamp," which debuted well at Sundance 2014. SPC will handle the release of cinematographer-turned-director James D. Cooper’s debut documentary in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia. The Harms/Cooper, Motocinema, Inc. production stars Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, and features Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Terence Stamp. 

Aspiring New Wave filmmakers Stamp and Lambert were looking for a subject for an underground movie when they stumbled upon the band that would become The Who. They went on to mentor and manage the group. “'Lambert & Stamp' is the greatest untold story in rock," states Cooper, who shot as well as producing the film along with Loretta Harms and Douglas Graves. "The movie captures a very unlikely partnership and the hailstorm of creativity that comes with it."

“The craftsmanship and research that went into making 'Lambert & Stamp' is remarkable," said Sony Pictures Classics. "In telling this seminal story, James and Loretta and their team pay tribute not only to one of the greatest rock bands ever, but also to the glorious synchronicity of the creative process.”

This article is related to: Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classic, Documentary, Documentaries, Terence Stamp

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.