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"Don't have to explain myself to you / I don't give two f**ks about your review" said Paul Weller with The Jam on 'The Modern World' back in 1977, so I don't think he'll be all that bothered by what I say about his band or this documentary.
He doesn't have to worry either way. Screened in the city ahead of its broadcast on Sky Arts next week, The Jam: About The Young Idea is a fine documentary that can reel in movie fans who hadn't necessarily surrendered to the beat of Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler before.
Riding on the back of a new photo exhibition of the band, the film is directed with economy and style by Bob Smeaton, one of the men behind the remarkable Beatles Anthology series from the mid-1990s.
About The Young Idea mixes up archive live footage, new conversations with the band and »
Johnny Rotten grabs the microphone and lurches forward, his pimply face grinning into the camera. Next to him, Steve Jones is miming (or mocking) guitar-hero moves, while Sid Vicious hunches over his bass, surly as ever. The grainy footage carbon-dates to the tail end of 1977, right before the band was about to embark on their notorious U.S. tour and then implode. It's Christmas Day in the Northern city of Huddersfield, and will turn out to be the penultimate U.K. performance for the seminal punk band. They launch into »
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 »
Punk On Film at Triskel Christchurch 19- 22 July is a film season celebrating the legacy of the seminal punk movement that epitomises late 70’s Britain. The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead is a programme highlight with director Wes Orshoski at Triskel on Tuesday 21 July to introduce the screening. The Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and The Fury, the 1977 film Punk In London and Rude Boy, the part fiction – part rockumentary film about The Clash, are also part of the season. “I’m really honored to be bringing The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead to Cork, and to the Triskel,” says New York based filmmaker Wes Orshoski. “This screening will happen in the middle of a bucket-list tour of Ireland for me, and I can’t wait to meet some punk fans in Cork and trade stories. Any and all U2 stories are welcome!” The »
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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.
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago. »
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Exclusive: Moviehouse boards 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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