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



Ben Cole


Mark Reynolds
Tobias Zaldua
Niven Howie


Joe Strummer
The Clash
The 101ers


Joe Strummer
Mick Jones
Nick Headon
Terry Chimes


Sundance 2007


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