A new movie is set to come out inspired by punk legends The Clash. The film, which is titled ‘London Town’ follows the story of a teenager who becomes obsessed with the band, and will feature British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
The Clash are one of the best bands the UK has ever produced and inspired a generation of musicians with their eclectic punk stylings. They were also known for their progressive political statements, sharing ideas about positive multiculturalism, antifascism and wealth distribution.
Many of the band’s political motivations came from lead singer Joe Strummer, who has become something of a hero in his own right over the last two decades. Strummer sadly passed away in 2002 due to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, but his legacy still lives strong in the hearts of those he inspired.
London Town is in many ways a love letter to Strummer and The Clash, and demonstrates the effect the band had on the youth of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is directed by Derrick Borte (known for 2010’s The Joneses) and will star Daniel Huttlestone as lead character Shay Baker.
Shay (the films protagonist) is a teenager who has his life transformed after being introduced to The Clash’s music and anti-establishment message. Director Derrick Borte said of the film: “This coming of age story is just a glimpse into a brief moment in the life of one young boy almost 40 years ago, set against the rise of punk and a backdrop of social political, and racial unrest that is incredibly similar and relevant to what we see happening in the world today.”
London Town will premier at the London Film Festival on October 11. Its soundtrack will feature a number of iconic punk bands including: The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers and The Ramones.