Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Director Julien Temple ('The Filth and the Fury') leads us down another intertwined journey of success, failure, and everything in between - the rock ‘n' roll way, of course - in this film about his close friend and lead singer of The Clash, Joe Strummer.

Interspersed with voiceovers cut from his BBC World Service programmes in the 90s, and a series of interviews set around a roaring campfire (a passion of Strummer's post-musical life), friends like Mick Jones, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi and members of his family reminisce about the man who taught us all to "combat rock". Strummer died of a heart attack in 2002, leaving behind a legacy as one of rock's truly great innovators. [NZFF 2007 synopsis]
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Better than the rest

When the Clash became a stadium band in America and Mick Jones started to take over you could see the conflict start. The Strummer/Jones conflict reminds me of Lennon/McCartney. The Clash and The Beatles are both great bands but how America changed them to somethiong else

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Really interesting doco, a great insight.

I really enjoyed this - not knowing that much about The Clash, Strummer or even the punk movement, I found it very insightful. An amazing era, and a band that captured that moment. Perhaps a tad long - and a bit too much of a focus on his latter life (which was interesting, just not as good as the early years). But highly recommended.

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Variety

Variety

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The late punk rock legend Joe Strummer is rendered fully human in Julien Temple's engrossing and all-encompassing portrait...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It's heartening to see that after his lost years post-Clash, Strummer found his feet again, musically and personally. The earlier episodes of this biography might show he was frequently insufferable to those close to him. But it shows that he was an inspirational figure and that all our hero worship - which turned to grief at his untimely death in 2002 - was fully deserved...

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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

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Will really only appeal to fans of the scene, the style, the sound and the time, but for anyone keen to revisit and re-learn what it was all about then you will find a semi-portrait of one of the most important songwriters to emerge at the end of the 1970s – a time when songwriting seemed secondary to the singing of the tune. A spiritual man, a musical magpie, a quintessential punk who, by virtue of his literal lust for life, transcended the punk subculture...

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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Julien Temple, who also made the brilliant Sex Pistols doco' The Filth and The Fury, here does justice to one of the best blokes to ever walk the planet. This would have been an easy five-star film, if not for the increasingly twattish 'Bono' popping in for his obligatory but pointless cameo...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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Really rocks the casbah, and The Clash and rock and punk fans in general should heed the call and go now...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

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Strummer could be selfish, insensitive and manipulative, and those who bore the brunt of it appear here, like his early friends and bandmates who he callously ditched to pursue fame with The Clash. But the man was also very vulnerable, especially when The Clash disbanded. Inspiring and cautionary at the same time, Strummer's story is an absorbing one for Clash fans and also to those new to the man...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The late punk rock legend Joe Strummer is rendered fully human in Julien Temple's engrossing and all-encompassing portrait...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's heartening to see that after his lost years post-Clash, Strummer found his feet again, musically and personally. The earlier episodes of this biography might show he was frequently insufferable to those close to him. But it shows that he was an inspirational figure and that all our hero worship - which turned to grief at his untimely death in 2002 - was fully deserved...

4.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Will really only appeal to fans of the scene, the style, the sound and the time, but for anyone keen to revisit and re-learn what it was all about then you will find a semi-portrait of one of the most important songwriters to emerge at the end of the 1970s – a time when songwriting seemed secondary to the singing of the tune. A spiritual man, a musical magpie, a quintessential punk who, by virtue of his literal lust for life, transcended the punk subculture...

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Julien Temple, who also made the brilliant Sex Pistols doco' The Filth and The Fury, here does justice to one of the best blokes to ever walk the planet. This would have been an easy five-star film, if not for the increasingly twattish 'Bono' popping in for his obligatory but pointless cameo...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Really rocks the casbah, and The Clash and rock and punk fans in general should heed the call and go now...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Strummer could be selfish, insensitive and manipulative, and those who bore the brunt of it appear here, like his early friends and bandmates who he callously ditched to pursue fame with The Clash. But the man was also very vulnerable, especially when The Clash disbanded. Inspiring and cautionary at the same time, Strummer's story is an absorbing one for Clash fans and also to those new to the man...

4.0
0

Better than the rest

When the Clash became a stadium band in America and Mick Jones started to take over you could see the conflict start. The Strummer/Jones conflict reminds me of Lennon/McCartney. The Clash and The Beatles are both great bands but how America changed them to somethiong else

5.0
0

Really interesting doco, a great insight.

I really enjoyed this - not knowing that much about The Clash, Strummer or even the punk movement, I found it very insightful. An amazing era, and a band that captured that moment. Perhaps a tad long - and a bit too much of a focus on his latter life (which was interesting, just not as good as the early years). But highly recommended.

4.0
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