Julien Temple

Director, Screenwriter, Songwriter
While attending the National Film School in London, British film director Julien Temple became fascinated with the emerging punk culture, particularly the notorious Sex Pistols, and made a sensational feature debut with ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1953 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (21)

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Sexual Healing 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Golden Man 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio 50 Degrees 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Glastonbury 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Eternity Man 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Pandaemonium 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Filth and the Fury 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Vigo - Passion for Life 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Bullet 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Rigoletto") (Director)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Running Out of Luck 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Mantrap 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Comic Strip 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Eternity Man 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Vigo - Passion for Life 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Rigoletto") (Screenplay)

Running Out of Luck 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mantrap 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running Out of Luck 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

songs("Ted Ain't Ded" "Selling Out" "Napoli") (Song)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1978 (Movie)

("The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle") (Song)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Glastonbury 2007 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Let's Rock Again! 2003 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Production Management (1)

Rolling Stones "At the Max" 1991 (Movie)

location director (Location Manager)
Actor (1)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

While attending the National Film School in London, British film director Julien Temple became fascinated with the emerging punk culture, particularly the notorious Sex Pistols, and made a sensational feature debut with "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" (1979), a gripping, anarchic account of that quintessential punk rock band. Variety (March 3, 1980) called "Swindle" the "Citizen Kane" of rock 'n' roll movies and gushed that it "represents the most imaginative use of a rock group since The Beatles debuted in "A Hard Day's Night." Following its success, Temple became established as one of the pioneers of music videos, directing such diverse talents as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Neil Young and Janet Jackson, as well as helming feature-length projects like the concert-comedy fest "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" (1981) and "Running Out of Luck" (1985), essentially a long-playing vidclip of Mick Jagger's first solo album, "She's the Boss". He also directed the original period musical "Absolute Beginners" (1986), set in 1958 London and featuring the likes of Bowie, Patsy Kensit and Sade, not to mention the "Rigoletto" segment of the disappointing "Aria" (1987).

Relationships

Juno Temple

Daughter

Amanda Temple

Wife
served as a producer on husband's "Vigo--Passion for Life" (1998) and "The Filth and the Fury" (2000)

EDUCATION

King's College, University of Cambridge

National Film School

King's College, University of Cambridge

Milestones

2007

Helmed "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten," a documentary about the late Clash frontman; premiered at Sundance

2006

Directed "Glastonbury," a documentary on Britain's best-known music festival

2000

Returned to the Sex Pistols as subject of "The Filth and the Fury"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival

2000

Helmed "Pandaemonimum", a feature film starring Robert Carlyle, based on the relationship between the 18th-century British poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth

1998

Directed "Vigo - Passion for Life", a love story based on the relationship between French director Jean Vigo and his wife Lydu Lozinska

1995

First non-musical film, the crime drama "Bullet", staring Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur

1991

Served as location director and creative consultant on "The Rolling Stones 'At the Max'", first feature-length IMAX concert film

1989

Helmed the sci-fi musical comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy", starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey

1987

Wrote and directed the "Rigoletto" segment of "Aria"

1986

Directed "Absolute Beginners", an energetic, original musical set in 1958 London; received writing credit for three of the songs

1985

Produced, directed and scripted "Running Out of Luck", essentially a long-playing vidclip of Mick Jagger's album "She's the Boss"

1981

Helmed "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball", a compilation of two concerts (both fundraisers for Amnesty International); also featured the Monty Python gang

1979

First documented the Sex Pistols in his feature directorial debut, "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"; wrote screenplay and co-wrote title song

Bonus Trivia

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"I think a film of The Sex Pistols is relevent today because it's very important that people -- young people especially -- know their own history and should challenge what they are told and not simply accept things at face value, something I believe is happening more and more often. In terms of post-war British culture, nothing has been more defiant then The Sex Pistols' voice; no one has gone beyond them. No one had the guts. The Pistols had a code of defiance and independence which they invented themselves. And we are in danger of losing that." --Julien Temple, London 1999, quoted in the press notes for "The Filth and the Fury"

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"'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' is not as relevent today as John's [Lydon, aka band leader Johnny Rotten] side of the story. John's truth is the main truth of the Sex Pistols--I've always known that." --Julien Temple quoted in Interview, April 2000

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