SPIN DOC­TOR

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - IAIN SHED­DEN

ROCK ’ n’ roll lovers of any de­scrip­tion, but fans of the Clash and Joe Strum­mer in par­tic­u­lar, would be well ad­vised to see the new doc­u­men­tary on Strum­mer’s life, The Fu­ture is Un­writ­ten, when it gets a cin­ema re­lease here in Septem­ber. Strum­mer died in 2002, aged 50. Julien Tem­ple’s labour- of- love film ( the two were long- time friends) tracks Strum­mer’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life from na­tion­hop­ping diplo­mat’s son and English pub­lic school­boy to his emer­gence as rock ’ n’ roll front­man and punk hero. The singer found his voice in the Clash but wres­tled demons in the wake of the band’s un­timely and un­ruly demise be­fore he found some kind of con­tent­ment in his fam­ily and in a less fre­netic mu­sic ca­reer. The film is a riv­et­ing por­trait of a much- loved fig­ure and Tem­ple churns out A- list celebri­ties to pay homage, in­clud­ing Martin Scors­ese and God’s punk, Bono. Not all of the in­ter­vie­wees came over well when the film was screened at the Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val last week, how­ever. When ac­tor and free­lance gui­tarist Johnny Depp ap­peared, rant­ing in luvvie fash­ion about his hero, his com­ments were barely au­di­ble over the laugh­ter from the packed Metro Theatre au­di­ence. Word of ad­vice, Johnny boy: if you’re try­ing to be sin­cere, take off the pi­rate gear. SPEAK­ING of swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture, you could have knocked me down with a yo- ho- ho and a ho­tel tele­phone when the ru­mour cir­cu­lated last week that mas­ter and com­man­der of the Rab­bitohs and Depp- like rock ’ n’ roll- prone ac­tor Rus­sell Crowe had put his hand up to ap­pear on the small screen with pop’s Mr Smooth, Burt Bacharach. The Amer­i­can com­poser, who wrote many a clas­sic love song, ar­rives in Aus­tralia next week for a short Aus­tralian tour. Crowe, whose band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts re­de­fined the love bal­lad a few years back, was be­ing tipped as a con­tender for the Ten net­work’s trib­ute to Bacharach, which is be­ing filmed at Syd­ney’s State Theatre on Thurs­day. How­ever, soon be­fore we went to press Rusty’s me­dia spokesman Grant Van­den­berg said that while there had been an ‘‘ ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est’’ over a Crowe cameo, an ap­pear­ance by his client was un­likely. The line- up for the Bacharach spe­cial in­cludes Bris­bane pop diva Katie Noo­nan, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte from Rogue Traders, Leo Sayer and

Syd­ney Sin­fo­nia.

spin­doc@ the aus­tralian. com. au

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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