The nostalgic coming-of-age London Town, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as The Clash frontman Joe Strummer, has a brand new trailer ahead of its release.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is no stranger to playing a musician in films, Meyers earlier work includes playing Elvis Presley in a TV mini-series, a glam rock superstar in Velvet Goldmine alongside Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale, as well as a Singer and guitarist in August Rush alongside the late Robin Williams. London Town, which was filmed in the East End of London, see’s Meyers get behind the mic and pick up that guitar to sing once again to play all of The Clash songs.
England, 1979, unemployment has hit the working class suburbs of London. 14-year old Shay Barker (Daniel Huttlestone) is forced to grow up quickly as his family struggles to stay afloat in Watford, taking care of his 6-year old sister whilst his father Nigel (Dougray Scott) works two jobs. One day, Shay receives a package from his estranged mother Sandrine (Natascha McElhone) with a cassette tape enclosed featuring the newest music from London, leading him on a journey of self-discovery. When he meets 15-year old Vivian (Nell Williams) on a train who introduces him to The Clash, it doesn’t take long for him to dye his hair black and immerse himself in the punk scene.
Drawn into the heart of London’s burgeoning punk scene, Shay forges two relationships that will change his life. He falls in love with rebellious cool girl Vivian and finds an unexpected connection with The Clash’s electrifying frontman Joe Strummer. Set against the social turmoil and strikes of England’s ‘Winter of Discontent’, propelled by the blistering soundtrack that also includes music from Buzzcocks, The Ramones, The Stranglers and Stiff Little Fingers; “London Town” captures the sound and spirit of a scene that shook the country, and the world.
London Town is directed by Derrick Borte and also stars Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone and Tom Hughes.
London Town is set for release on Digital platforms in the UK and Ireland on Boxing Day 2016 courtesy of Content Media, and to DVD on 2nd January 2017 courtesy of High Fliers.