MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 33,961 this week

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 2,745 users   Metascore: 79/100
Reviews: 17 user | 43 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 22 Mar 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 09 Jun 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 08 Oct 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.

User Polls

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An intimate portrait of the band members and their trying, tense and ultimately triumphant return as one of rock music's greatest bands.

Directors: Steven Cantor, Matthew Galkin
Stars: Frank Black, Kim Deal, David Lovering
Rude Boy (1980)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

Directors: Jack Hazan, David Mingay
Stars: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry
The Fearless Freaks (TV Movie 2005)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on the evolution of the Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips.

Director: Bradley Beesley
Stars: Beck, Bradley Beesley, Steve Burns
Glastonbury (2006)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival.

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: David Bowie, Björk, James Brown
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A contemporary documentary covering the Great British punk rock explosion of 1977.

Director: Wolfgang Büld
Stars: Gaye Advert, Jack Airport, Arturo Bassick
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the influential musician Scott Walker.

Director: Stephen Kijak
Stars: Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Marc Almond
Instrument (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen
Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on punk rock.

Directors: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
Stars: Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin
Stars: Milo Auckerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee
Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman
Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, Lucky Lehrer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
Terry Chimes ...
Himself
John Cooper Clarke ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Winston Smith (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
Tymon Dogg ...
Himself
Joe Ely ...
Himself
Dick Evans ...
Himself
...
Himself
Alasdair Gillis ...
Himself
Ian Gillis ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In "The Future Is Unwritten", from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe's life, Julien Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer - before, during and after the Clash. Written by IFC First Take

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A celebration of Joe Strummer - Before, during and after The Clash


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Strummer  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$52,751 (USA) (2 November 2007)

Gross:

$248,182 (USA) (25 January 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Straight to Hell (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Corrina Corrina
Written by Bo Carter (as Bo Chatmon), Mitchell Parish and Spencer Williams
Performed by Bob Dylan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wow Brilliant Documentary film of Joe!
16 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a documentary film that made by Julien Temple, Filmmaker Julien chronicles the transformation of a self-described "mouthy little git," born John Mellor, into an anti establishment icon known to the world as Joe Strummer. In his latest documentary, Temple uncovers the myth behind the front man of the seminal punk band the Clash. Through previously unearthed interviews with Strummer himself and recollections of those who knew him best, Temple reveals a complex man who used his music as a bullhorn for his conscience-as well as a means to educate others about the injustices of the world. The film includes live concert footage spanning Strummer's career and tapes of his BBC radio program, all of which provide a fitting soundtrack to his distinctive and storied existence. The performance footage would be fascinating on its own, but Temple probes beyond Strummer's mystique to reveal a person with his own flaws who could sometimes be idealistic to a fault. Temple has created a thoughtful and poignant portrait of a man many think they knew. 'Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten' provides a rare glimpse into the man behind the legend of "punk rock warlord." There are personal interviews with some of the surviving members of The Clash, as well as with people like Bono and John Cusack that are very personal, and serve the film well. They don't stand out as "Look! We've stuck a celebrity in here!" Temple uses a campfire setting for most of these interviews, and given the fact that Strummer used to Organize large campfire celebrations before he died, it's only fitting. One thing for certain is that the Joe Strummer we see at the campfires is a much more approachable and likable figure than the Strummer who avoids confrontations and has other people fire band members during the heyday of The Clash.


23 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie taught me that Joe was a poseur pcal43
Anyone else bothered by no IDs for interview subjects? GidJ
Fantastic Film, EXCEPT FOR..... thatcharmingman
Canada release? djm277
Did anyone else think this was terrible? eternalbadluckcharm
Best film in history steve-2127

Contribute to This Page