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“For some rea­son that film is still shown ev­ery New Year’s Eve on Rus­sian television,” he mar­vels.

Af­ter that, a long pe­riod of in­ac­tiv­ity set in. He made a great many pop videos but failed to shep­herd a fea­ture into the cin­ema for a fur­ther decade. Then, 20 years af­ter punk’s hey­day, Tem­ple was sud­denly among us again. The Filth and the Fury and Pan­dae­mo­nium, his dra­matic study of Co­leridge and Wordsworth, were both fin­ished in 2000. Glas­ton­bury, a vast cel­e­bra­tion of that mu­sic fes­ti­val, emerged in 2006. And now we have the Strum­mer film.

“When he died in 2003 it was a big blow for ev­ery­one,” Tem­ple says. “It was hard to be­lieve. He was al­ways the one left still stand­ing. It took a few years to get over that. But we had this footage and we felt we should do some­thing for Joe.”

Some years af­ter Tem­ple moved home to Som­er­set, Strum­mer – a stranger to the di­rec­tor for so long – stum­bled in his gar­den gate and set about mak­ing friends again. Fea­tur­ing a host of pals and celebri­ties mus­ing about the great man round camp­fires, the film is both a stir­ring trib­ute to a charis­matic fig­ure and a re­minder of Tem­ple’s unique tal­ents as a sto­ry­teller. It must feel good to be back.

“Yes. I guess so,” he says. “It is frus­trat­ing when you can’t get films made. But I want to be a fa­ther. Iwant to be a lover and a gar­dener. There are other things to do in life.”

A gar­dener? Ah, the life of the mid­dleaged punk rocker.

Di­vided loy­al­ties: di­rec­tor Julien Tem­ple. Pho­to­graph: Gary


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