Stalking Pete Doherty
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Stalking Pete Doherty is a rockumentary assembled from footage shot by Max Carlish, a BAFTA Award–winning film director. As the title suggests, it is about both attempts by Carlish to interview Pete Doherty.
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Max Carlish is a British documentary filmmaker and former lecturer in media studies, was born to Jewish parents in the city of Birmingham. Carlish helped produce an Emmy and BAFTA-award-winning television series about the Royal Opera House. He is most famous, however, for his attempts to produce a so-called rockumentary about Pete Doherty, singer and guitarist with The Libertines and Babyshambles. Doherty was charged with assault and blackmail of the filmmaker after Carlish sold photographs of Doherty taking heroin to Sunday newspapers.
Carlish's footage was used in a programme entitled Stalking Pete Doherty broadcast on 17 May 2005, and then again on 11 March 2006 on Channel 4. In fact, the programme focused more on Carlish's apparent obsession with Doherty than it did with Doherty's life.
- "I've never heard of a journalist slash documentary maker who would so demean himself in order to get his story as Max Carlish, who made himself the clown of the Babyshambles posse as if it was an honourable tactic. Max Carlish deserved a good punch on the nose." Neil McCormick, music journalist 
"A friend of mine saw the footage of him taking heroin and thought I could sell them,” Carlish commented. “Before I knew it I was in the middle of a bidding war. I was desperate for money and by this point I had convinced myself I would never see Pete again, would never be able to complete my film." 
The film was never finished. Stalking Pete Doherty was produced by North One Television, who, in the words of one critic, "recognised that it was Carlish's struggle and failure to make his film that was the real story". Doherty reportedly attempted to halt the broadcast by Channel 4, on the basis that the footage taken by Carlish was in fact owned by his management company 
Carlish was educated at King David Primary School and then King Edward's School, Birmingham where he was a keen amateur dramatist - writing and performing a 'hip-hop opera' in which Carlish 'rapped' about a mystical 'Rock of Crack' (Cocaine) and where at least one contemporary remembers him as energetically outspoken even at a tender age. He would later attend the prestigious American prep school The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Carlish was known to socialise with students, ironically going so far as to take drugs with some of them on more than a number of occasions. This element of his lifestyle was briefly touched upon in the 'Stalking Pete Doherty' documentary.
- ^ Quote from interview in Stalking Pete Doherty
- Stalking Pete Doherty at the Internet Movie Database
- The life of a Libertine, Max Carlish, The Guardian, 25 February 2005
- Doherty arrested after 'assault', BBC News, 3 February 2005
- Fat and poor, Max Carlish, The Idler, 1999
- Max Carlish's story changes, thebadrash.com
- Max Carlish in Pete in Kate on Channel 4, thebadrash.com