Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Charlie don't surf, but he does screen films

The Crunchies delivered a great version of "Charlie Don't Surf" for us (keep scrolling down until you arrive at their post), and it looks like "Charlie Don't Surf" is also the name of a Strummer-related film festival. The following is reposted from a Strummer news page:

A major film retrospective has been assembled to honour and appreciate Joe Strummer's contribution to the screen. We can now confirm details of the 'Charlie Don't Surf' Festival planned for London this December.
Filmstock Film Festival in association with Strummerville present a unique season of films entitled CHARLIE DON'T SURF at the Curzon Soho Cinema, London between the 8th and 11th of December.

CHARLIE DON'T SURF celebrates the acting and composing output of the legendary musician in the period after The Clash and before The Mescaleros and proves that he created a body of work to rival any of the musicians who have tried to cut it on screen.

Joe Strummer worked with some of the most innovative and respected independent filmmakers of recent times such as Alex Cox, Robert Frank, Aki Kaurismaki, Rudy Wurlitzer and Jim Jarmusch and was much sought after by John Cusack to provide music for Grosse Pointe Blank.

The collection of films, brought together for the first time, features his films as an actor, two of the most mainstream films he scored and the UK Premiere of the 'Lets Rock Again' documentary.

The centrepiece of the festival, 'Let's Rock Again' was made by Strummer's cinematic collaborator and friend Dick Rude and captures Joe & The Mescaleros on the road on the last US tour before Joe's death. A very special screening to open proceedings, the UK Premiere of the film is sure to be an emotional experience for fans and friends alike.

Filmstock Film Festival, in association with Strummerville:

Charlie Don't Surf: A Cinematic Tribute to Joe Strummer
Curzon Soho, London. 8-11 December 2005

Thursday 8th December

7pm Press launch

7.30pm Opening Film - Let's Rock Again (Directed by Dick Rude) UK Premiere
Documentary following Joe with the Mescaleros across the US

Friday 9th December

7pm Straight to Hell (Directed by Alex Cox, 1987)
Starring and Songs by. Co-written by and co-starring Dick Rude. Also starring Jim Jarmusch, Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Sy Richardson and The Pogues

9.30pm Walker (Directed by Alex Cox, 1987)
Score by and Starring Joe

Saturday 10th December

3pm I Hired A Contract Killer (Directed by Aki Kaurismak, 1990)
Starring and Songs by Joe

5pm Candy Mountain (Directed by Robert Frank, 1988) TBC
Starring Joe, and Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Robert Johansen and Dr John

7pm Mystery Train (Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 1989)
Starring Joe. Also starring Screaming Jay Hawkins and Sy Richardson

8pm Strummerville Party

Sunday 11th December

12pm Permanent Record (Directed by Marisa Silver, 1988)
Score by Joe

Grosse Pointe Blank (Directed by George Armitage, 1997)
Score by Joe
Double Bill

3.40pm Let's Rock Again


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