Filmmaker Julien Temple examines the explosive life and career of Shane MacGowan, lead singer of the Pogues.
Executed in a full-tilt, hell-for-leather manner recalling the frenzy of the Pogues’ performances, CROCK OF GOLD combines interviews, glimpses of MacGowan today, archive footage plus a torrent of original animation to evoke the splendour and squalor of a very singular talent.
In this cinematic exploration of Shane MacGowan’s story, Julien Temple’s film CROCK OF GOLD details Shane’s explosive existence, from his salad days, growing up in Ireland, to time spent on the mean streets of London and embracing the punk scene. To forming the Pogues and the conquering the known universe, we discover MacGowan’s passions, his humour & deep knowledge of music, history, spirituality & popular culture. For this is Shane’s story. A vision of the world through the eyes of the great punk poet himself and an intimate cast of close friends and family members, all channelled through Temple’s inimitable and eternally vibrant lens.
The film’s prime achievement is to illuminate MacGowan as an Irish-born artist inspired by political history and cultural experience. And once those great Pogues songs are at last heard in all their glory, you understand the claims made for MacGowan as a modern bard – and grieve for the brevity of his brilliant, breakneck career.
WINNER Special Jury Prize, at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
“A riotous piece of storytelling." — Screen International
Join us on Dec 17 in the Luna Outdoor from 7.00pm for a joyously unruly night of celebration with the band THE ROGUES, a complimentary slice of Siena's pizza on entry (while stocks last) plus a Jaimeson's on ice purchased from the pop-up bar.
Patrons attending the screening have a chance to WIN some prizes and merchandise.
Plus, tonight and tonight only, we will be screening the extended cut, with an extra 20 minutes of raucous concert footage!