An affectionate rock doc that follows the Clash frontman’s life from his boarding school childhood to his death in 2002. Tales of meteoric rise, inevitable burnout and slow climb back to something resembling normalcy are familiar from the biographies of a thousand haunted artists, but Julien Temple’s The Future is Unwritten stands out for its extraordinarily smooth filmmaking, which incorporates clips from contemporary films, photos, Strummer’s own artwork, and music from his BBC radio show to good effect.
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. Julien Temple, 2007. ***
IFC will open the film in the US on November 2. Here’s the trailer: