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8 items from 2015

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


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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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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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 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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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.

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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 »

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