OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL
Canvey Island is a small, isolated town in Essex that is dominated by
an oil company. In 1971 four local young men formed a band called
Dr Feelgood, in honor of Willie Perry’s song. With their spare,
minimalist pub rock, they erupted on the musical scene, totally
countercurrent to their contemporaries and their shows full of lights
and special effects. Their burning energy exploded throughout Europe
thanks to the fifty dates on their Speeding through Europe tour.
“Oil City Confidential is the last film in a trilogy about British music
culture of the Seventies. It acts as a prequel to the documentary on
the Sex Pistols and the one on Joe Strummer. They all share the same
cinematic language – an irreverent and anarchic punk style of
montage, mixing archive and fictive footage, which I first used in The
Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle. In all three films the music acts as a prism
through which to examine the social and cultural conditions of the
OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL
Julien Temple (London, UK, 1953) studied filmmaking at the National Film and Television School. He debuted with the short Sex Pistols Number 1 (1977), followed by the punk culture documentary The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle (1980). He directed several music videos, many feature films (including Absolute Beginners, 1986; and Earth Girls Are Easy, 1988), and music documentaries (such as The Filth and the Fury, 2000; and Glastonbury, 2006). He participated at the Torino Film Festival on multiple occasions, presenting the documentaries Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007), Oil City Confidential (2009), Requiem for Detroit? (2010), London - The Modern Babylon (2012), The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015). In 2014 he received the Gran Premio Torino.
Sex Pistols Number 1 (coregia/codirector John Tiberi, cm, doc., 1977), The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle (La grande truffa del rock’n’roll, 1980), Absolute Beginners (1986), Earth Girls Are Easy (Le ragazze della terra sono facili, 1988), Vigo (Vigo, passione per la vita, 1998), The Filth and the Fury (Sex Pistols - Oscenità e furore, doc., 2000), Glastonbury (doc., 2006), Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Il futuro non è scritto - Joe Strummer, doc., 2007), Oil City Confidential (doc., 2009), Requiem for Detroit? (doc., 2010), London - The Modern Babylon (doc., 2012), Rio 50 Degrees (doc., 2014), The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (doc., 2015), My Life Story (doc., 2017).
John B Sparkes,
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