// 14th of May, 2011


Ealing Metro International have signed on to handle international sales rights to a series of Julien Temple ‘cities and music’ documentaries, in the first instance featuring Rio de Janeiro, London, Tijuana with a number of other key music metropolises in the pipeline.

The Rio de Janeiro and London films - CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION and THIS IS LONDON - will both shoot in 2011. Further details on TIJUANALANDIA, the Tijuana documentary and the Havana and Berlin films will be announced shortly. Ealing Metro International will be handling international sales rights on all five films.

Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME), one of the UK’s most prolific and successful independent production companies, is set to produce CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION, the Rio ‘cities and music’ documentary, which will shoot in Rio de Janeiro in September and October 2011.

The film will look at the musical, social, political, cultural and technical revolutions that have taken place in Rio since the 1970s, the first legendary Rock in Rio Festival in 1985, and today; a period in which the country has gone from being an oppressive military dictatorship to one of the most open, vibrant and progressive democracies on the planet.

THIS IS LONDON, commissioned by BBC Arts to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be produced by Temple and Rosa Bosch (BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB). The film tells the story of a metropolis that no longer exists and of the new London that has taken its place. It's a story of one of the most extraordinary transformations any city has ever witnessed celebrating London's multi cultural reinvention as the first truly global metropolis in history. 

Rosa Bosch said: "Undoubtedly Julien Temple is one of the great visionaries and maverick creators of the documentary music form. A long admirer of Julien and having watched his recent REQUIEM FOR DETROIT, it is a great pleasure to collaborate with him to bring to the screen his unique and timely take on these cities."

The Ealing Metro/Temple/F&ME/B&W Films deals comes as Film London and Rio Filme - the Rio Film Commission - get ready to sign off on a City to City Film Agreement on the Cheri Cheri beach on Monday May 16th at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Since visiting Rio with the Sex Pistols for The Great Rock and Roll Swindle in the late 70s I’ve always wanted to make a film about the city and now as it finally prepares to take its rightful place on the world stage that time has finally come," says Temple. "At a time when the world will be focusing on London for the Olympic Games, the chance to make a film about the London I knew and the new city that has taken its place is an exciting and challenging prospect for any film maker. Brazil's extraordinary journey  from third world dictatorship to Olympic host country demands to be told.  Visually  Rio is a film maker’s gold mine and through its  music and the people who make it, both the soul of the city and its unique destiny finds its ultimate expression. "

Partnering with F&ME and Ealing Metro International in Brazil is TV Zero, producer of this year’s runaway local language box office hit BRUNA SURFISTINHA, a company which is also one of Brazil’s leading producers of groundbreaking documentaries.

"Julien is the obvious choice for this project," explains producer Mike Downey. "He has directed many of the most acclaimed music documentaries of recent times, including the definitive Glastonbury documentary, and is also a huge fan of Brazil and its people, having filmed there previously with both Mick Jagger and the Sex Pistols."

The third film is Tijuanalandia:

Shot like a sci fi, cyber punk journey into the heart of the abyss, TIJUANALANDIA, being produced by Temple and Bosch (as is HAVANA), will excavate the dark past of this Hybrid City; its unique border psyche and the economic and cultural forces that shaped it. It will explore the frenzied chaos of its recent past, celebrate its present and provoke its audience to ponder the profound and inspiring questions raised by its future impact on all our lives as the 21st century unfolds.

Will Machin, Head of Ealing Metro, said: "Julien’s track record as a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker make him the perfect choice for these series of exciting and definitive documentaries covering some of the world’s greatest music cities and cultures. His films always have a unique take on their subject matter and we’re looking forward to bringing the sights and sounds of Rio, London, Tijuana, Havana and Berlin to international buyers at Cannes."

International artists already confirmed for this year’s Rock in Rio include Coldplay, Elton John, Kate Perry, Rihanna, Metallica, Lenny Kravitz , Guns’n’Roses Snow Patrol, Motorhead, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Many of the 2011 artists are reprising their turns from previous Rock in Rio extravaganzas.

Ealing Metro’s current slate includes upcoming productions TRAP FOR CINDERELLA, a thriller directed by Iain Softley; NINA, a biopic of the legendary Nina Simone starring Mary J Blige and comedy BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY starring Jennifer Garner and Michelle Monaghan. Completed titles include THE GUARD, CHALET GIRL and BURKE & HARE and theatrical documentaries LENNONNYC, PAGE1 and BOBBY FISCHER.

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