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London Town

London Town

Jun. 01, 2016 UKR
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A 14-year old boy’s life changes forever when his estranged mother introduces him to the music of The Clash in 1979 London.

London Town
Original titleLondon Town
IMDb Rating6.3 798 votes
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  • David Ferguson ([email protected])October 6, 2016Reply

    Clash of the teenager

    Greetings again from the darkness. The late 1970’s in London were
    filled with political, social and labor discontent. Director Derrick
    Borte (The Joneses, 2009) and writer Matt Brown (The Man Who Knew
    Infinity, 2015) use this backdrop, along with some cutting edge music
    of the era, to tell a coming-of-age story that is enjoyable despite its

    Daniel Huttlestone (Into the Woods) plays 15 year old Shay (not Che)
    who carries the burden of babysitting for his sister Alice (Anya
    McKenna-Bruce) and cooking for his two-job dad Nick (Dougray Scott), as
    he dreams of meeting up with his free-spirited mom Sandrine (Natascha
    McElhone) who lives a bohemian lifestyle in London. Things start to
    change for Shay once he receives a package from his mom … his first
    taste of music from The Clash.

    Soon enough, Shay finds himself chatting it up on a commuter train with
    wild girl Vivian (Nell Williams), who generously shares her own music
    from The Clash, as well as some insight into the band, and even a
    ticket to their next concert. After the best night of Shay’s life, a
    work accident puts his dad in the hospital, requiring the son to take
    on even more responsibility.

    More than a coming of age story, this is what I call ”the teenage
    awakening”. Once the world starts opening up to Shay, he begins to
    question everything. A serendipitous night in the clink with Joe
    Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) brings some surprisingly grounded
    philosophy and guidance. ”Some people just burn bright” is a spot-on
    description of Shay’s mom and a lesson to Shay that parents are people

    The movie belongs to Huttlestone, who bounces between responsible young
    man, bullied teen, and anti-establishment rebel. Ms. Williams is
    delightful in her role, and JRM brings the necessary hard edge to
    Strummer. Director Borte has a really nice eye for scenes, but probably
    was a bit too stingy with Clash tunes. The timing for the film is a bit
    unfortunate, as it’s released in the same year as the similar but
    superior Sing Street. Still it’s an enjoyable little film with enough
    philosophy sprinkled in that we don’t even mind the predictable ending
    with ”I Fought the Law” carrying us to closing credits.

  • happycarrot68October 9, 2016Reply

    Bit predictable

    Coming of age tale about a young boy who discovers the Clash via his
    estranged mother and a girl on a train.

    From the opening minutes you can perceive a nice tale which frankly is
    pretty unbelievable from some wooden acting, a poor portrayal of Joe
    Strummer and a teen romance than frankly is a bit wishy washy.

    The whole punk scene is frankly pretty badly portrayed, the Anti Nazi
    League concert is mixed with some footage from the Clash’s own rude boy
    film, factually incorrect as far as timelines are concerned for the die
    hard Clash fan but frankly all a bit dull and predictable.

    Is one one for the DVD bargain bin in months to come, shame as The
    Clash still stand up as one of Britain’s best bands shoulder to
    shoulder with The Whos of this world and expected a little more in the
    Quadrophenia or Sid and Nancy mould, this more a twee film that a 14
    year old would find sweet more than a tale of 1978 and punk rock.

  • subxerogravityOctober 11, 2016Reply

    Cool first hand story about a kid who gets introduced to The Clash (in more ways than one)

    I really liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it as Joe Strummer. It was fun
    to see him play a real lively character as the front man of The Clash.

    The movie itself is more about how a boy named Shay is influenced by
    the music of the Clash while going through some hard times. His really
    hot mom (played by Natascha McElhone) left the family to live the life
    she wanted, while his father (Played by Dougray Scott), plays the
    classic stereotype of an adult who forgot what it was like to be young
    and is shifting too much responsibility on his son.

    London Town is greatly similar to another Coming-of-Age film, Sing
    Street (which is a little better), as Shay allows a crush on a punk
    rock girl to greatly influence his walk down the path of punk, which
    leads him to meeting Joe Strummer.

    The film’s formula is very direct, and it’s focus on punk rock makes it
    a perfect persona of the early days of the genre. It’s a love letter to
    The Clash any fan would enjoy.

  • ([email protected])October 12, 2016Reply

    A film that is music for the eyes, the ears and the heart!

    Every once in a while a little film, with a tiny budget and a whole lot
    of heart, comes along and knocks you off your feet. London Town
    fulfills all the aspects of that category.

    I won’t bother to give you a blow by blow description of the story,
    that’s easily found elsewhere. I will tell you I was more than
    thoroughly entertained and, since it was a 48 hour rental via my VOD
    system, I took the opportunity to watch it three times because it was
    just that good! The film is endearing, funny and the performances are
    stellar, especially the youngsters. Huttlestone is already on his way
    as a multi-talent, but Nell Williams was a new revelation for me and
    she shines here.

    If for no other reason, you need to see this film for the incredibly
    brilliant work of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer. He is simply
    mesmerizing and delivers a musical performance equal to that of any
    contemporary or historical rock star. (As a veteran of 7 Stones and 14
    WHO concerts, I feel justified in that statement.) Derrick Borte
    managed to assemble a superb group of musicians to portray the rest of
    the band and the results are magical.

    London Town is a special film, with something for everyone to love.
    Don’t miss it!

  • Lisa KingOctober 13, 2016Reply

    Fabulous, humorous, emotional, real…..

    This is a fabulous coming of age story, set against the back drop of
    London in the 70’s and the music of The Clash. The film is cleverly put
    together with a great mix of humour, emotion, gritty reality and music
    of The Clash.

    The acting is superb particularly Daniel Huttlestone as Shay, although
    little Alice steals the show more than once! Jonathan Rhys Meyers could
    be Joe Strummer, with his attitude and great voice. It’s a movie that
    makes you think, laugh and cry.

    A real British film, I have already seen this twice and will happily
    watch again!

  • PaulFinlandDecember 3, 2016Reply

    The ONLY band that matters

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  • Gordon-11December 6, 2016Reply

    A story of resilience

    This film tells the story of a teenage boy who faces a series of
    misfortunes, and ends up having to make a living while taking care of
    his young sister. He perseveres through the hardship, and meets the
    famous rock star from The Clash, and his life is changed for the

    People say this film is about music, but I view this film as a film
    that chronicles how hard life is for people who are not well off. When
    misfortune strikes, prior don’t even lens a hand of support. The boy
    faces adversity with striking resilience, which I think is a good
    example to people. I enjoyed watching the film because of this
    resilient character.

  • randymcbeastDecember 19, 2016Reply

    A pleasant little surprise of a movie

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  • archaeotypetwJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    Let’s Leave The Clash out of This

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  • ingamajicApril 8, 2017Reply

    London Town by an outsider!

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  • Lee Eisenberg ([email protected])June 1, 2017Reply

    life in 1970s England

    England in the late 1970s was not a pleasant time for much of the
    country. Unemployment began to rise, and the government didn’t do much
    to respond (this probably contributed to Margaret Thatcher’s rise to
    power). Derrick Borte’s ”London Town” focuses on a working class boy
    who gets into The Clash while his father is in the hospital.

    The movie is both about hope for the future, and about love of music.
    One scene features people debating The Sex Pistols vs. The Clash.
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Joe Strummer, who enters the boy’s life.
    It’s not a masterpiece, but worth seeing. The rest of the cast includes
    Dougray Scott and Natascha McElhone (of ”The Truman Show”).

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