The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Director Julien Temple
United Kingdom / 91 min. / 2015 / English


 

“I should be dead”, says Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a year to live in 2012. But Wilko, with a mad glint in his eye and a ferocious will to live, vowed “if its gonna kill me, I’m not going out bored”, and continued to play, laugh and live it large. Julien Temple raises a hymn to Wilko, which is a pure affirmation to existence and to rock’n’roll.  

 

"I should be dead", insists Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a year to live in 2012. But Wilko, with a mad glint in his eye and a ferocious will to live, decides that "if this is gonna kill me, then at least I won't go out bored." And carries on playing his machine-gun riffs, laughing and living it up. Julien Temple raises a hymn to Wilko that's an affirmation to existence and to rock'n'roll. The elements are pure Temple, and they're intensified by Wilko's natural magnetism and shrewd mind. Few documentaries could move hearts like this one does. There are the confessions ("When they told me, I felt this elation, it was almost an ecstatic feeling. Suddenly I felt intensely alive"), quotes by Blake and Milton (Wilko is a compulsive quotester), the archive clips that the director weaves in (A Matter of Life and Death; The Seventh Seal) and the breath-taking, unseen remembrances of music: about his father, his own spirit and his love of life. A film so full of life, hope and teachings that it's unsurpassable. Long Live Wilko! 

Details
Subtitles
O.V. subtitles in Spanish


Showing format

Premios
Excellence in Poster design (SXSW Film Design Award).

Participation
in festivals
SXSW, CIMM, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival.

Leadings
Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey.

Editor(s)
Caroline Richards

Music supervisor
Chantelle Woodnutt

Producer
Richard Conway, Andrew J. Curtis

Film company
Essential Arts

Film distributor
Moviehouse Entertainment

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