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Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
International title Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
Country Reino Unido, Irlanda
Year 2007
Running time 123
Director Julien Temple
Film Editing Niven Howie, Mark Reynolds, Tobias Zaldua
Photography Ben Cole
Music Joe Strummer, The Clash, Rachid Taha, Elvis Presley, Tim Hardin, MC5, U-Roy, Eddie Cochran, Andres Landeros, Ernest Ranglin, Latino Rockabilly War, Topper Headon, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Mescale
Web site
Producer Nitrate Strummer Ltd. / Parallel Films
Distribution Company

Avalon Producciones

Synopsis A portrait of the life and works of Joe Strummer from an impressive compilation of material from conversations and interviews, through live footage, some never seen before, or the recovery of the original tapes of his BBC radio programme. All this footage to show a natural musician, the seminal genius who created The Clash, went beyond his time with The Mescaleros and who still is, after his death, the biggest influence in punk-rock. And behind the myth, the man. The boy who was born John Mellor in Turkey and who was just as vital as he was self-destructive, as rebellious as contradictory, passionate, messianic.
Director bio Julien Temple was born in London in 1953. When he went on to the National Film and Television School, he met The Sex Pistols. During their short and turbulent life he became virtually their cinematic amanuensis, a process which culminated in his first feature, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1979). In 1986 he directed Absolute Beginners (1986). Significantly, this film was much liked in America, where Temple went to make Earth Girls are Easy (1989) and a series of music promos. After making the thriller, Bullet, in 1995, he returned to Britain to make three films in short succession: the long planned Vigo - Passion for Life (1999), Pandaemonium (2000), a lyrical but unconventional account of the Coleridge/Wordsworth relationship; and The Filth and the Fury, which was screened as part of the Official Selection of the 38th Edition of Gijón Film Festival. In 2006, he shot Glastonbury, a documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival.