JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
Director: Julien Temple
Producer: Amanda Temple
Genre: Documentary Film
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. - IFC First Take
Filmmaker Julien Temple takes a look beyond the guise of the late, anti-establishment icon Joe Strummer to offer a warm portrait of the self-described "mouthy little git" who was born John Mellor and was destined to become the frontman for one of the most influential punk bands ever. A complex figure who would learn to use his gift for music as a means of decompressing his conscience, Strummer is revealed here through unearthed interviews and the illuminating recollections of his closestcompanions. At times idealistic to a fault, the flawed Clash singer/songwriter had a special gift for compelling listeners to think as they moved to the music. Vintage performance footage and excerpts from Strummer's popular BBC radio program offer the ideal musical backdrop for an affectionate tribute to a punk-rock legend. - Jason Buchanan, Rovi
By his own admission, film-maker Julien Temple's relationship with Joe Strummer was a complex one. He had known him briefly in the early days of the Clash, when he filmed the band for "four or five months before they had a recording contract". But their friendship quickly soured when Temple became part of the clique around the Sex Pistols, about whom he went on to make three films...
Joe Strummer was a punk icon, albeit an incongruous one; the son of a diplomat and public schoolboy who grew up to become the charismatic, fired-up, proletariat frontman of The Clash. Filmmaker Julien Temple has three Sex Pistols films under his belt so is no stranger to punk, but as a friend of Strummer, Temple had his camera trained on him since the early days, resulting in a staggering array of footage and a meticulously built portrait of the man and his work.