Who Killed Nancy?....is the title and lead question of Alan G Parker’s brilliant new film about the lives of Sid Vicious, his girlfriend Nancy Laura Spungen and crucially the tragic events that unfolded in Room 100 of New York’s Chelsea Hotel on the 12th of October 1978 when Nancy was fatally stabbed to death by someone.
For many years, it was presumed that the “someone” was most likely to be Sid, her 21 year old heroin addicted boyfriend who was then the newly ex-bass guitarist of the notorious Sex Pistols. No doubt the Pistols notoriety did little to convince those other than die-hard Pistols fans of Sid’s probable innocence.
Alan G Parker’s new documentary style film tries to get closer to a truth that we may never truly find. Parker made the film in honour of a dying wish of Sid’s mother Anne who Parker had befriended in 1985 and remained loyal to. Anne had pleaded with him to make it known to the world that her Sid “was a lot of things but he wasn’t a murderer”...and so the film begins. Parker had a lot of film companies’ mess him around before one, Soda Pictures actually came up with the goods and independently financed the movie. Possibly the success of Alan’s great biography on Sid, 'No One Is Innocent', helped in the end up speed the case for the film up.
The film really is great and includes many of the people who were close to Sid or were in and around Room 100 of the
The real exclusive of this film which probably hasn’t ever been documented up until now was the presence of another junkie in Room 100 on the night of
If you aren’t a Pistols fan the fact that there is no actual conclusion to the film may frustrate you as you watch this as a movie but if you are a fan, the film is a great and thrilling way of learning more of the details first hand by accounts from the likes of Lee Black Childers, Steve Dior, Neon Leon, Howie Pyro, Peter Kodick and Helen Killer.
Sid’s death and the theories around it are also explored to some extent too, the only criticism would be that Parker doesn’t mention the stunning claim that he made in the television programme Sid Vicious Final 24 that it was Anne Beverly who actually killed Sid as a final act of mercy. It does seem to try to dispel the theory that Sid was killed by a hotshot by pointing out that Sid was aware of the heroin’s potency before taking it after being advised by Peter Kodick.
In all, Alan Parker has done Sid and his mother proud as the film, with all its great first-hand accounts, makes it clear that like The Exploited once sang Sid Vicious really was innocent. The only question now is who was Michael and was he Nancy Spungen’s real killer?
Check out Mudkiss interview with an old flatmate of Sid & Nancy and a Mudkiss contributor Den Browne. Here
Den's interview for the Nancy Spungen web site Here
Review by Brian Mackie.24.02.09