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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

30 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating »

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Variety’s Critics’ Choice Unspools at Karlovy Vary

26 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety’s critics reveal their choices for the publication’s annual Critics’ Choice sidebar at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, which runs July 3-11.

Above and Below

(Switzerland-Italy)

Director: Nicolas Steiner

A mesmerizing plunge into the damaged psyches of five characters floating by on the margins of American society — from a couple scraping by in a Las Vegas drainage tunnel to the young woman determined to be among the first crew to colonize Mars — this remarkable graduation film serves as a perfect companion piece to the wave of post-apocalyptic stories flooding TV and megaplexes. The latest (and best) in an unlikely subgenre of not-quite-documentaries to spring up around the desolate expanse beyond California’s Inland Empire, the pic delves into a patch of the American frontier that appears even less inhabitable now than it did in the time of John Ford classics. These dried-up lakes and sun-scorched vistas offer fertile soil for the artistic-minded, »

- Variety Staff

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Karlovy Vary Film Fest Hosts Variety Critics’ Choice at 50th Anniversary Edition

11 June 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will host the Czech premieres of 10 films selected by Variety critics during its upcoming 50th anniversary edition this summer, taking place July 3-11.

Variety’s Critics’ Choice program extends a long-standing partnership between Variety and the Czech Republic-based category A festival that dates back to 1998, during which time the magazine has curated a diverse range of each year’s best-reviewed European films to screen in the spa town.

This year’s selection again represents fresh voices from virtually every corner of the continent, including five first features. Half of the films in the program were either directed or co-directed by women.

Overall, the lineup represents a wide range of styles and genres. French director Thomas Salvador’s “Vincent” offers an alternative take on the superhero story, while Bulgarian duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s debut “The Lesson” represents a tense, neorealist interpretation of a true story, »

- Peter Debruge

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Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play Kinks brothers

15 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play “Cain and Abel of rock” Ray and Dave Davies.

Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria) and George Mackay (Pride) are to play Ray and Dave Davies, respectively, in Recorded Picture Company’s biopic of legendary UK band The Kinks.

Director Julien Temple (London – The Modern Babylon) is set to shoot drama You Really Got Me later this year in the UK, with daughter Juno Temple (Far From the Madding Crowd) also on board to play Ray’s former wife, Raza, who also sang on key tracks.

HanWay is handling international sales in Cannes with a UK deal understood to be close.

The long-time passion project of Cannes veteran Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) will focus on the often turbulent relationship between the brothers who fronted the iconic 1960’s band, famous for hits You Really Got Me and Waterloo Sunset.

BBC Films have backed the film while co-producers in Belgium are [link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Juno Temple on Far From the Madding Crowd, Johnny Depp's Black Mass transformation, and rock 'n' roll

1 May 2015 4:57 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Listing the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Paul Thomas Anderson as her Bucket List of directors with whom to work, Juno Temple’s film choices are best described as eclectic. The daughter of rock and roll filmmaker Julien Temple, Juno had a creative, rebellious spirit instilled in her at an early age, and her career has reflected that greatly.

Starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe and Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, she’s never been one to back away from darker roles. On the other hand, she’s also completely willing to play dress-up every once and a while. You may remember her as a fairy in Maleficent or as Queen Anne, dripping in pearls and lace, in Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers.

Juno’s next film is Far From the Madding Crowd, which was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) and also stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone »

- Sasha James

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Interview: Badasss Winner Julien Temple at 2015 Chicago CIMMfest

19 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In receiving the official Badasss Award at the 2015 Chicago International Movies & Music Fest (CIMMFest), legendary rock documentary maker Julien Temple simply said, “Badass is not a phrase we use in England. I’ve never been called a badass, I prefer ‘enfant terriblé,’ with a hope toward ‘monstre sacré.’”

And so it goes with one of the most prolific and influential rock documentarians in cinema history, with the whole evolution of the music form contained in his associations with The Kinks, the Clash (through Joe Strummer), the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols. What began as a student obsession with the discovery of the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, fueled a lifelong pursuit of rock documentary truth, feature film adventure and music video stylings. Julien Temple has provided the sights and the sounds.

Julien Temple (center), with CIMMFest officials Gary Kuzminski and Shannon Flynn, April 18, 2015

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, Opens April 16, 2015

16 April 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, has become one of the fastest growing and buzzworthy Chicago film festivals in recent years. Combining film, tribute events and live performances – and centered in and around the neighborhood of Wicker Park from April 16th through the 19th, 2015, – CIMMfest is not so much a festival as a organic happening.

The 2015 edition of CIMMfest is bigger, bolder and lights up with star power. Besides some of the highlights listed below, there is a jam-packed variety of films, music and events from April 16th through the 19th. For more information, including purchasing passes, click here.

CIMMfest Highlights: The Movies…

’808:The Movie’

Photo credit: CIMMfest

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll

Thursday, April 16th, 7pm, The Logan Theater, 2546 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

During the Vietnam War, Cambodian musicians crafted a sound from the various rock music styles sweeping America, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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SXSW 2015 Interview: Julien Temple On Life, Death, And The Ecstacy Of Wilko Johnson

28 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Julien Temple, with his numerous music documentaries behind him - many involving his pals, The Sex Pistols - may be no stranger to the rock documentary, but there is nothing quite like his new film, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson. For one, even though the film is about his dear friend Wilko Johnson, with its meditation on life, death, and the meaning we assign to this thing we call living, Ecstasy is Temple's most personal film to date.The project arose upon receiving the tragic news that his good friend Wilko Johnson, former Dr. Feelgood front man, had been told he had only 10 months to live. His initial interviews with Johnson had less to do with making a film than they did documenting the final...

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Chris Moll to leave Creative England

24 March 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.

Creative England head of film Chris Moll is to step down next month.

Industry veteran Moll, who founded and oversees low-budget filmmaking scheme iFeatures - also backed by Creative England - will leave to pursue other projects after three years in the role.

Moll will step down from his position on April 17 ahead of a restructure within Creative England which will include the appointment of a director of content who will work across film, TV, games and digital.

The organisation is not expected to appoint a successor to Moll until the new director is in place.

During Moll’s tenure the organisation backed films including Andrew Haigh’s Berlinale winner 45 Years, action-thriller Spooks: The Greater Good, Charles Barker sci-fi The Call Up and SXSW music documentary The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, directed by Julien Temple.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Julien Temple (The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson) | SXSW Interview - SXSW Film 2015

17 March 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

A stunning memoir of Wilko Johnson as he faces the final months of his suddenly abbreviated life, Julien Temple’s The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson gives the undeniably influential British musician the opportunity to document his intelligent philosophies life and death. Staying true to the punk ethos of living today as if there will be no tomorrow, Johnson opts to enjoy every single moment of his final months. Whether it be keenly observing the world around him or performing on stage, Johnson’s unwavering stoicism is nothing but commendable. We chatted with Temple shortly after his documentary's premiere at SXSW 2015 to talk about death and punk rock, but not the death of punk rock. »

- Don Simpson

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Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, The | SXSW Review - SXSW Film 2015

16 March 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Having already captured the legend of Wilko Johnson's musical history in Oil City Confidential, while also staying true to Johnson's mantra of living in the present, Julien Temple opts not to give much backstory on Johnson. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson serves solely as a vehicle for Johnson to discuss his approach to dying. In this context, Johnson could be anyone; Johnson's message -- for which Temple's documentary is the medium -- has nothing to do with the rock and roll legend of his past. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is not about a rockstar, it is about an everyman confronted by impending death. It serves as a lesson for us all to reevaluate the way that we approach life now, not when we realize that it is too late. »

- Don Simpson

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’

13 March 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A terminal cancer diagnosis proves more liberating than traumatic for the historied rock-guitarist subject of “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.” Julien Temple’s characteristically playful, pop-culture-savvy approach to the documentary form might seem ill suited to the subject of mortality, but veteran English axman Johnson’s unexpectedly buoyant response to very bad news makes for a film about saying goodbye that is itself void of grief, fear or regret. The engaging result should do well as a broadcast item, particularly wherever its protagonist has a substantial fan base.

That would likely preclude the U.S., where the band Johnson is primarily known for never got a commercial foothold. Indeed, he left the British R&B “pub rock” movement leader Dr. Feelgood after just six years in 1977, later fronting his own band, playing with Ian Dury and others — though little of that later history is recounted here. Instead, the focus is »

- Dennis Harvey

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SXSW 2015 Review: The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, How To Live When You're Going To Die

13 March 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This movie may have saved my life. Let me explain. Not too long ago, Wilko Johnson was told he would die. The musician, a co-founder of pioneering British pub-rock band Dr. Feelgood, received a diagnosis of inoperable, terminal pancreatic cancer. As you might imagine, it sent his world a-spinning. But after giving it some thought, he declined chemotherapy, which might extend his life a couple of months, and chose to enjoy what little time he had left, come what may. For him, that meant (mostly) making more music. His decision forms the basis of The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, a new documentary by Julien Temple that begins from a point of bleakness and quickly expands into a thing of grace and beauty. And, as it...

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Daily | Previewing SXSW 2015

12 March 2015 7:17 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Our overview of the previews of this year's SXSW includes links to the Austin Chronicle's profile of Jason Schwartzman, who stars in Bob Byington's 7 Chinese Brothers and Patrick Brice's The Overnight; Raoul Hernandez on Joe Nick Patoski's documentary Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove; Indiewire's interviews with Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti (A Woman Like Me) and Alison Bagnall (Funny Bunny); the Hollywood Reporter's chat with Amy Schumer about Trainwreck and her director and producer, Judd Apatow; the Guardian's talk with Julien Temple about The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson; and Sam Fragoso's conversation with Bill Ross and Turner Ross about Western. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Previewing SXSW 2015

12 March 2015 7:17 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Our overview of the previews of this year's SXSW includes links to the Austin Chronicle's profile of Jason Schwartzman, who stars in Bob Byington's 7 Chinese Brothers and Patrick Brice's The Overnight; Raoul Hernandez on Joe Nick Patoski's documentary Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove; Indiewire's interviews with Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti (A Woman Like Me) and Alison Bagnall (Funny Bunny); the Hollywood Reporter's chat with Amy Schumer about Trainwreck and her director and producer, Judd Apatow; the Guardian's talk with Julien Temple about The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson; and Sam Fragoso's conversation with Bill Ross and Turner Ross about Western. » - David Hudson »

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SXSW Exclusive: Trailer For Julien Temple's Doc 'The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson' Celebrates Life

10 March 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A diagnosis of terminal cancer and a prognosis of only months to live would dampen even the most fiery of spirits. But most people aren't made of the stuff of Wilko Johnson. The cult British musician defied the odds, survived his illness, and inspired many with his journey. The upcoming documentary "The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson," premiering at SXSW, tells his story. Directed by Julien Temple ("Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten"), the film chronicles what would've been Wilko Johnson's farewell tour, until he was given another chance to keep living and performing. It was an eye-opening experience for Johnson, whose amazement and positivity are keenly felt in this exclusive trailer.  "The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson" will have its first screening at SXSW on Friday, March 13th at the Alamo Lamar B. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hot projects on Screenbase

18 February 2015 1:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

Brady Corbet’s [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Love Is All review – nebulous look back at big-screen love

12 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There’s little love lost for Kim Longinotto’s slapdash documentary montage

Valentine’s Day is upon us, but the release of this film by Kim Longinotto is a disappointing and uninteresting way of marking that fact. It is a miscellaneous montage of film clips from the past century, accompanied by music from Richard Hawley, on the vague subject of … love. There are archive fragments from documentaries, romances, and grisly and puritanical sex-education films (of the kind anthologised by the BFI in its boxset The Joy of Sex Education). There are bits from the 1929 silent movie Piccadilly starring Anna May Wong, and from My Beautiful Laundrette. It seems as if anything and everything could have been included. But the selections and juxtapositions are neither interesting nor insightful – certainly not compared to, say, Julien Temple’s recent essay London: The Modern Babylon or Charlie Lyne’s study of teen movies, Beyond Clueless. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Julien Temple's Wilko Johnson doc finds sales home

7 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.

UK sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment has boarded international rights to Julien Temple (The Filth and the Fury) documentary The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.

The Essential Arts/Nitrate Film Production doc, from producers Richard Conway and Andrew Curtis, follows the remarkable story of acclaimed musician Wilko Johnson who was told he only had months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but staged a remarkable recovery while still managing to tour.

The film is in the latter stages of post-production and will premiere at SXSW this March.

Director Temple said: “I was astonished by Wilko on Oil City Confidential when I realised the depth of his eccentricity and wisdom and wanted to celebrate the inspirational way he dealt with his death sentence, and in the end he confounded us all.” 

Mark Vennis of Moviehouse added: “We are delighted and excited to bring this unique and cinematic story to the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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SXSW Announces Their Features Lineup; Includes Feig/McCarthy's 'Spy' and Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

3 February 2015 1:50 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »

- Mike Shutt

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