Sad Vacation The Last Days of Sid and Nancy 12/17/16: This DVD-R Documentary about the painful and poignant final days of the tragic couple Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Spanish director Danny Garcia’s 2016 documentary film about the “tumultuous and stormy” relationship between the Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, which ended tragically in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Garcia began working on Sad Vacation after accumulating quite a lot of good off-camera Sid and Nancy anecdotes while working on a previous film Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders.
Director Danny Garcia’s Sad Vacation — narrated by Huey Morgan (front man for the band Fun Lovin’ Criminals) — tells us the sad tale of troubled Sex Pistol Sid Vicious through interviews with some of his friends and fellow musicians (some of whom, according to the film’s Indiegogo page, “actually liked Nancy as a friend and as a human being”), including Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), photographer Bob Gruen, Walter Lure (The Heatbreakers), Leee Black Childers (Sid’s friend, who briefly managed his band, the Flowers of Romance), Howie Pyro (D Generation), Kenny Gordon (Pure Hell), Cynthia Ross (The B- Girls) and many, many more (some of whom have never told their stories on camera before).
The documentary goes into great detail about their deaths towards the end, giving us a look at previously-unseen Grand Jury testimony and some of the circumstantial evidence that points to Sid Vicious as a suspect in Nancy’s death. Sad Vacation was completed in August 2016, which was approximately the 40th anniversary of punk rock, and screened during the last two months of the year at festivals and select theaters in both the U.K. and U.S. before being released oo DVD, which is packed with extras, including behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and promo material.The film also features soundtrack music by Sid Vicious as well as the Heartbreakers, the Boys, the Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & the Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, the PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, and Silke Berlinn & the Addictions.