Julien Temple Returns to Rio for Music Film Series

// 16th of May, 2011

by MFW

Julien Temple, who accompanied the Sex Pistols (or rather, the bastardized post-Rotten version of them) to Rio de Janeiro for his debut feature The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, will return to the Brazilian megalopolis this year for the first in a series of city-themed music documentaries.

London and Tijuana are confirmed for the second and third chapters in the series, with plans also in the works for music docs set in Havana and Berlin.

The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire report from Cannes that Temple, one of the major names in music film, will partner with UK production house Film & Music Entertainment on Children of the Revolution. Set to shoot in September and October during the annual Rock in Rio festival, the film will track "the musical, social, political, cultural and technical revolutions" in the city since the late ’70s as Brazil evolved from a military dictatorship into a democracy and emerging economic power.

Then a novice filmmaker with a couple of punk shorts to his credit, Temple was part of the party in the 1979 when Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren and band members Steve Jones and Paul Cook went to Rio to record with famous fugitive Ronnie Biggs, a participant in the Great Train Robbery. Since then, he said, "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 [as host of the 2016 Olympics] that time has finally come."

After releasing the Pistols mockumentary in 1980, Temple went on to become one of the most sought after video directors fo the early MTV era. Twenty years after Swindle he made the true Pistols doc The Filth and the Fury in cooperation with original members Jones, Cook, John Lydon, and Glen Matlock and has since directed acclaimed music films on Clash icon Joe Strummer, the Glastonbury festival, and pub rockers Dr. Feelgood.

This Is London, also slated to shoot later this year, and Tijuanalandia will follow the Rio film, with Temple co-producing as well as directing. He’s also reportedly at work on a biopic about Marvin Gaye.