Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Directed byJulien Temple
Produced by
CinematographyBen Cole
Edited by
Music by
Distributed byVertigo Films
Release date
20 January 2007 (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
123 min. (Sundance Film Festival)
CountriesIreland, United Kingdom

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is a 2007 documentary film directed by Julien Temple about Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the British punk rock band The Clash, that went on to win the British Independent Film Awards as Best British Documentary 2007.[1][2] The film premiered 20 January 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[3] It was also shown at the Dublin Film Festival on 24 February 2007.[3]

It was released in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2007 and in Australia on 31 August 2007.[3] The film opened in limited release in the United States on 2 November 2007.[3]


Special Thanks: Terence Dackombe

Critical reception[edit]

The film was well received by critics. As of 18 October 2009 on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 61 reviews.[4] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 79 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.[5]

Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle named it the 8th best film of 2007.[6] Stephanie Zacharek of Salon named it the 9th best film of 2007.[6]

Box office performance[edit]

As of 31 January 2008 box office takings totalled $US 1,108,740.[7]



The official soundtrack was produced by Ian Neil, Julien Temple, and Alan Moloney. It is a mix of spoken word clips from interviews with Strummer and others, tracks from his various bands (including several rare or unreleased tracks by The Clash), and eclectic selections from other musicians that Strummer played on his BBC World radio show London Calling from 1999-2002 (some of which include his spoken introduction).

1."Punk Rock Warlord" (spoken word)Joe StrummerJoe Strummer, Interview from WOMAD Festival, MTV networks, 19950:11
2."White Riot" (alternate demo mix)Joe Strummer, Mick JonesThe Clash2:22
3."Rock The Casbah"Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper HeadonRachid Taha4:30
4."BBC World Service" (spoken word)Joe StrummerJoe Strummer0:19
5."Crawfish" (from the film King Creole)Fred Wise, Ben WeismanElvis Presley2:08
6."Black Sheep Boy"Tim HardinTim Hardin2:00
7."Kick Out the Jams"Michael Davis, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer, Dennis ThompsonMC53:00
8."Keys To Your Heart"Joe StrummerThe 101ers3:38
9."Mick and Paul were different" (spoken word)Joe StrummerJoe Strummer, interview with MTV News, 20020:11
10."I'm So Bored with the USA" (demo version)Joe Strummer, Mick JonesThe Clash2:20
11."Natty Rebel"Ewart Beckford, U-Roy / Bob Marley (sample, Soul Rebel)U-Roy4:09
12."Armagideon Time"Jackie Mittoo, Willi WilliamsThe Clash3:46
13."Nervous Breakdown"Mario RoccuzzoEddie Cochran2:18
14."(In The) Pouring Rain" (previously unreleased)Joe StrummerThe Clash5:06
15."Omotepe" (from the film Walker)Joe StrummerJoe Strummer3:44
16."Martha Cecilia"CifuentesAndres Landeros2:52
17."Minuet" ([sic] liner notes list the song as "Minuet"; the actual title is "Minuit")Ernest RanglinErnest Ranglin, Baaba Maal8:57
18."Trash City" (from the film Permanent Record)Joe StrummerThe Latino Rockabilly War4:11
19."I called him Woody" (spoken word)Topper HeadonTopper Headon, interview from the film0:19
20."Ranger's Command"Woody GuthrieWoody Guthrie2:48
21."Corrina, Corrina"Bob DylanBob Dylan2:44
22."Johnny Appleseed"Joe Strummer, Martin Slattery, Tymon Dogg, Scott Shields, Pablo CookJoe Strummer and the Mescaleros4:02
23."To Love Somebody"Barry Gibb, Robin GibbNina Simone2:38
24."Without people, you're nothing." (spoken word)Joe StrummerJoe Strummer, interview with MTV news, 20020:51
25."Willesden To Cricklewood"Joe Strummer, Antony GennJoe Strummer and the Mescaleros6:46


  1. ^ Temple, J., Amanda Temple, Anna Campeau, and Alan Moloney (2008). Joe Strummer The future is unwritten (Documentary, Rockumentary). New York, NY, United States: Sony BMG Music Entertainment. OCLC 233652709.
  2. ^ a b c d "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) – Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) – Release dates". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Metacritic: 2007 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 31 May 2011.

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