Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer in New 'London Town' Trailer

September 15, 2016
Source: YouTube

London Town Trailer

"Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground." IFC Films has released an official US trailer for a film titled London Town, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as iconic musician Joe Strummer of the band The Clash. Not to be confused with the musical London Road, this film is set in the 1970s about a 15-year-old boy introduced to the iconic punk rock band The Clash and it changes his life forever. Daniel Huttlestone stars as Shay, Nell Williams as Vivian, along with Tom Hughes, Natascha McElhone, Dougray Scott and Kerry Howard. This looks like it might be a great double feature with Sing Street, or any punk rock film from England. Featuring music from The Clash, The Ramones and Buzzcocks. Fire it up.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Derrick Borte's London Town, direct from IFC's YouTube:

London Town Poster

In 1970's London, when 15-year-old Shay hears the music of The Clash for the first time, it's a revelation, opening up a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he's known in his dead-end suburb. Drawn into the heart of the city’s burgeoning punk scene, he forges two relationships that will change his life, falling in love with rebellious cool girl Vivian and finding an unexpected connection with none other than The Clash's electrifying frontman, Joe Strummer. London Town is directed by German filmmaker Derrick Borte, of The Joneses, Dark Around the Stars and H8RZ previously. The screenplay is written by Matt Brown, based on an unproduced screenplay by Sonya Gildea & Kirsten Sheridan. IFC Films will open London Town in select US theaters + on VOD starting October 7th.

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  • shiboleth
    i don't know. Does not seem right. Joe Strummer was another lever of serious engagement ...
    • Bo
      It doesn't seem right, I agree. I just see this actor Meyers playing or attempting to play Strummer. Bio pics are hard to pull off and I'm usually unable to suspend disbelief while watching them as it's so obvious it's just an actor playing a well person. That being said, some work. Walk the Line was decent even though Mr. Phoenix looked nothing like Johnny Cash. Also, I didn't care much for the Clash or Strummer so I'll take a pass on this 'fictionalized' story about him and them. Cheers.
      • shiboleth
        Well, I know something about The Clash and I respect their musical engagement and work, mostly, but I also was not very much paying a lot of attention to them. In times when I was listening a lot of music, I, naturally, came across theirs too. They were ok to me and I really liked some songs. I do understand that didn't work for everybody. Anyway, that's just a question of taste, I guess. But I agree with the tone of the whole thing, this film biography thing is hardly possible to achieve. And mostly, I don't like biopics, since they often don't succeed to be good. Although, I also agree with you regarding 'Walk the Line'. I was very pleased with that small part by Robert Patrick as Cash's father since he mostly plays in very bad films. I remember him at some point stating that 90 percent of films he was playing in were 'garbage'. Man's gotta work, I guess ... Cheers Bo ...
        • Bo
          I agree it's really just a matter of taste. I can understand why people liked The Clash. I thought Strummer was just a little bit too much while he took himself much more seriously than I was ever to manage. I never listened to them, quite frankly, because what I did hear wasn't my cup of tea. Later gator...
  • Terry Craig
    They got the look of Joe all wrong. Lot prettier and less middle class-worker-like, while the dude portraying Paul Simonon (the bassist) is much less attractive than the real Paul lol But I guess this flick isn't really about the Clash, innit. More a coming of age romance
    There he is!




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