The Clash’s frontman Joe Strummer had a seismic impact on music as well as the attitudes of impressionable youth. His rebellious attitude and leftist politics inspired a generation to take a stand for what they believed in. Derrick Borte’s new film “London Town” follows a young teenager’s coming-of-age story at the beginning of the punk rock era who happens to befriend Joe Strummer at a crucial point in his life.
As unemployment hits the working class suburbs of London very hard in 1979, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) is forced to take care of his younger sister while his father (Dougray Scott) works two jobs, but Shay is caught up in the punk scene after being exposed to The Clash from his estranged mother (Natascha McElhone) and meeting 15-year-old scenester Vivian (Nell Williams). When Shay has to start driving a cab after his father is injured in a work accident, he picks up Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) one fateful night and his life is changed forever. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“London Town” premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. It will be released at the IFC Center in New York City and Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7 from IFC Films. It will also be released on iTunes and VOD on the same date. The film will later roll out in other cities, including Montgomery, AL; New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; Columbus and Cleveland Heights, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; San Diego and Wilmington, DE.