Before he fathered the young actress Juno Temple, filmmaker Julien Temple became known for music videos and films like The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle, in which he looked at the Sex Pistols from manager Malcolm McLaren’s point of view. Pistols singer John Lydon decried much of Swindle as put-on bullshit spun by McLaren, but there’s no denying the film’s weird potency. Hell, I even like Absolute Beginners, the bizarro mid-’80s musical Temple directed, featuring David Bowie. And Temple’s Joe Strummer: the Future is Unwritten, a 2007 documentary about the former Clash bandleader, is great.

What will the filmmaker do with the story of The Kinks? Temple is working now with founder Ray Davies to come up with an angle for a feature film called You’ve Really Got Me. Read More »