Julien Temple (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Featuring world-famous names (David Bowie, Radiohead, Blur), lesser-known greats, thousands of extras and, inevitably, a lot of mud, this insightful documentary pays tribute to the West Country music festival that has grown from a gathering of a few hippies in organiser Michael Eavis's field into the biggest open-air, weekend-long event on the planet. Director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, The Filth and the Fury) combines material shot by himself and the BBC with swathes of amateur footage by festival-goers to create a thematically structured collage that reflects Glastonbury's evolution over the decades. Some might quibble with the decision not to provide subtitles explaining who anyone is, but in many ways this reflects the democratic, free-for-all spirit of the event. Highlights include the sight of Joe Strummer losing his rag with a BBC cameraman, Eavis arguing with hippy travellers over money and rare footage of the 1985 Stonehenge riots.


Julien Temple's documentary about the world-famous music festival, which began in 1970 and continues to attract a diverse and enthusiastic range of revellers. The film features performances from artists including Morrissey, David Bowie, Bjork, James Brown, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg and Blur, while amateur footage provides an authentic taste of the event.

Cast & Crew

David Bowie David Bowie
T Rex T Rex
Radiohead Radiohead
Coldplay Coldplay
Pulp Pulp
Oasis Oasis
Blur Blur
The Chemical Brothers The Chemical Brothers
Joe Strummer Joe Strummer
Primal Scream Primal Scream
Rolf Harris Rolf Harris
Michael Eavis Michael Eavis
Director Julien Temple
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Apr 2006