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Oil City Confidential (2009)

The story of Dr Feelgood, four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin - ... See full summary »

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Julien Temple
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Credited cast:
Lee Brilleaux Lee Brilleaux ... Lee
Wilko Johnson ... Wilko
John Martin John Martin ... The Big Figure
John B. Sparkes John B. Sparkes ... Sparko
Christopher Fenwick Christopher Fenwick ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Birch
Michael Craig ... Self (archive footage)
Andy Gill
Richard Hell Richard Hell
Jools Holland Jools Holland
Glen Matlock
Alison Moyet
Jake Riviera Jake Riviera
Joe Strummer ... Self
Suggs Suggs
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The story of Dr Feelgood, four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin - four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten's anti-Christ. Taking London by storm, they sped through Europe and conquered the UK with No 1 chart success, before imploding just as punk was born and America beckoned with open arms. Contributions from members of The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols join Dr Feelgood with collaborators Jools Holland and Alison Moyet to tell the story of Canvey, '70s England and the greatest local band in the world. Written by Stephen Malit

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Oil City is 100% pure below sea level, Canvey Island Noir.

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Documentary | Music

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An Extraordinary Film About an Extraordinary Band
24 November 2015 | by rickcadger-67635See all my reviews

What can I say? A real band from the unparalleled reality of the British pub rock scene. Dr Feelgood were raw, biting, cutting and sincere. For me they ended when Wilko left: for others they ended when Lee died. For other others they're still going strong.

For me, the heart and soul of the band was always the eccentric, mesmerising guitar maniac, Wilko Johnson: he of the red scratchplated Telecaster and the totally unexpected, post-cancer resurrection. This documentary movie is presented, narrated, almost curated by Wilko himself.

If you were there you'll love it to death. If you weren't then you may wish you were. If you don't get it then look up videos and MP3s of Dr Feelgood at their 70s peak.

Welcome to rock and roll reality in all its surreal, mundane strangeness. I will never understand how anyone could live without it.


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English

Release Date:

2 February 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Feelgood: Oil City Confidential See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuusisaari, Oulu, Finland See more »

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GBP450,000 (estimated)
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