Joe Strummer
The Future is Unwritten

Joe Strummer

The Clash is one of the most influential punk bands in history. In essence, they changed the face of music and they have influenced a wide range of creative luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Steve Buscemi, Damien Hirst and Johnny Depp. We see all these faces and so much more in Julien Temple's most recent documentary Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. Joe Strummer started the band whilst living in squats in London. A revolution was happening in music and some of the most groundbreaking sounds of the time were emerging, least of which was The Sex Pistols. Filmmaker Julien Temple knew something big was happening and wanted to document it in some way. So he settled on The Sex Pistols and he has since had a long and full career in film. His latest work turns to The Clash and particularly lead singer Joe Strummer. This film isn't just a chronicle of a band. As Julien Temple said, "You can call it a music film if you want but it's about celebrity [and] its effect [on] not just the fans but on somebody famous.”