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London Town (2016)

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In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.


Derrick Borte


Matt Brown (screenplay by), Sonya Gildea (based on the screenplay "Untitled Joe Strummer Project" by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Natascha McElhone ... Sandrine
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Joe Strummer
Tom Hughes ... Johnny
Dougray Scott ... Nick Baker
Daniel Huttlestone ... Shay Baker
Kerry Howard ... Penelope
Nathanjohn Carter Nathanjohn Carter ... Police Officer
Samuel Robertson ... Tommy Gun
Jack Morris ... Whiteboy
Meredith Ostrom ... Rebecca
Nell Williams ... Vivian Daniels
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Skinhead
Jeff Leach ... Ronnie
Anya McKenna-Bruce ... Alice
Michael Chapman ... Skinhead


In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »



UK | Germany | USA



Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лондон-Таун See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Filming at Bank Underground Station exit on Lombard Street London 12th July 2015. See more »


The audio from the song (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais which was released in 1978 shouldn't be heard when playing the The Clash: The Clash which was released in 1977. See more »


Alice: Shay, what does shagging mean?
Shay Baker: Cooking. That's all.
Alice: Oh! Mum's a much better shagger than you.
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Cool first hand story about a kid who gets introduced to The Clash (in more ways than one)
11 October 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I really liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it as Joe Strummer. It was fun to see him play a real lively character as the front man of The Clash.

The movie itself is more about how a boy named Shay is influenced by the music of the Clash while going through some hard times. His really hot mom (played by Natascha McElhone) left the family to live the life she wanted, while his father (Played by Dougray Scott), plays the classic stereotype of an adult who forgot what it was like to be young and is shifting too much responsibility on his son.

London Town is greatly similar to another Coming-of-Age film, Sing Street (which is a little better), as Shay allows a crush on a punk rock girl to greatly influence his walk down the path of punk, which leads him to meeting Joe Strummer.

The film's formula is very direct, and it's focus on punk rock makes it a perfect persona of the early days of the genre. It's a love letter to The Clash any fan would enjoy.

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