Crock of Gold: a Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Crock of Gold: a Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Julien Temple (2020)

124min
18 Certificate
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Review

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Julien Temple has earned his reputation as punk's documentary laureate, having essayed the careers of Joe Strummer, the Sex Pistols and Wilko Johnson. This film finds him taking on anotherrabble-rousing musician, Shane MacGowan, the founder and original singer of the Pogues. The man himself cuts a ghostly, ill-looking figure in his early 60s, but given the industrial quantities of drugs and alcohol he admits to imbibing from a young age, it's remarkable he's still alive. His early years on the family farm in Tipperary found him at his happiest, and his Irish influences would direct the Pogues' sound, along with the energy and attitude of the London punk scene. However, MacGowan is the first to admit that success and excess blunted his creativity, while the never-ending cycle of touring resulted in him suffering a breakdown. Temple works hard to make the film hang together, weaving his familiar magic using old audio interviews, animated segments and archive snippets. But MacGowan comes across as a belligerent and sometimes bewildered participant in his own story, and his interviews with Johnny Depp (a producer on the film), Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams make for uncomfortably awkward viewing.

Cast & Crew

Shane MacGowan Shane MacGowan
Johnny Depp Johnny Depp
Bobby Gillespie Bobby Gillespie
Gerry Adams Gerry Adams
Director Julien Temple

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Altitude Film DistributionGuidance: Swearing, drugsReleased on: 7 Dec 2020