As the frontman for the influential punk group The Clash, Joe Strummer’s rebellious attitude and political lyrics inspired and influenced an entire generation. Such is the premise of the new film “London Town,” a coming-of-age story about a kid who’s whole world is turned upside down by punk rock. One day, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) receives a tape of The Clash from his estranged mother leading him on a path of self-discovery. He juggles familial responsibilities after his father (Dougray Scott) suffers an injury with a romance involving a young scenester Vivian (Nell Williams) and his burgeoning relationship with Strummer, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Derrick Borte. He previously directed “The Joneses,” about a suburban family who are secretly stealth marketers, “Dark Around The Stars,” about a depressed man on a suicidal road trip to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and “H8RZ,” a teen mystery about a deadly high school incident gone awry. Meanwhile, Meyers is best known for his performances in Todd Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine,” the Showtime series “The Tudors,” and Woody Allen’s “Match Point.”
“London Town” premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival in June. It will be released in theaters and VOD on October 7th courtesy of IFC Films.