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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
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Don't Miss This Intensely Moving Film The Spirit and Essence Of An Interesting and Inspiring Subject, Brilliantly Captured.
This is a film which will be essential to those of us who found their own lives inspired and enriched by the works and legend of Joe Strummer. However, The Future Is Unwritten proves itself more than just a music biography, by being a crystal clear platform for Joe Strummer's heartfelt (though often contradictory) humanist views, by being outstanding as a creative work in its own right, and by demonstrating just how good, and how engaging, a well made documentary can be.
Julien Temple's film had me weeping (frequently), laughing aloud and made me feel at times like I was running back through my own, damaged and painful, memory tapes. Tender, intense and intimate, the film is cleverly held together by the campfire 'motto' - which adds to the intimacy and is perfect for this squat-hippy-punk history.
Best music film of all time? I can only think of that long-ago BBC2 Arena doc on Jerry Lee Lewis to rival it. This film really is THAT good. Thanks, Julien Temple. You done the world and Joe's memory a very good thing.
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