News: Julian Temple Directing Multiple City-Based Concert FIlms

Continuing the current filmic fascination with Rio de Janeiro (“Rio,” “Fast Five,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”), Julian Temple is heading to the City of God for a concert film titled “Children of the Revolution,” documenting the annual Rock in Rio event, according to indieWIRE. The filmmaker has a lot of experience in the genre (like “Glastonbury”), as well as a long career directing music videos and other music-based docs (a favorite being “The Filth and the Fury”). He even previously made a music-based film set in Brazil starring Mick Jagger (“Running Out of Luck”) and also filmed part of the classic Sex Pistols doc “The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle” in Rio more than 30 years ago. He says since then:

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 … 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.

The Rock in Rio documentary will kick off a series of similar concert films Temple will make in other cities, including London (titled “This is London” — not to be confused his 2008 doc “There’ll Always Be an England”), Tijuana (“Tijuanalandia”), Havana and Berlin.

In lieu of a Rio clip from “Swindle,” watch a Brazilian TV preview for “Running Out of Luck” after the jump. It’s not important if you don’t know Portuguese.

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About Christopher Campbell
I am a blogger for Documentary Channel and Movies.com, where I write the Doc Talk column. I prefer real stories to fake ones. I tweet here: @thefilmcynic

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