Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2006

Directed by Julien Temple

Director Julien Temple's (The Filth and the Fury) visually exciting, high-octane rock 'n' roll history of 1970s punk sensation The Clash and its charismatic frontman and singer Joe Strummer.

Ireland / UK In English
125 minutes 35mm

Director

Photography

Ben Cole

Editors

Mark Reynolds
,
Tobias Zaldua
,
Niven Howie

Music

Joe Strummer
,
The Clash
,
The 101ers

With

Joe Strummer
,
Mick Jones
,
Nick Headon
,
Terry Chimes

Festivals

Sundance 2007

Elsewhere

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.

"You don't have to be a fan of the 1970s British punk rock sensation The Clash to enjoy Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a visually exciting, high-octane, rock history of the band and its charismatic frontman and songwriter, Joe Strummer. Simply said: it's terrific." — Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter