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Oil City Confidential (2009)

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Julien Temple's "Oil City Confidential" is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970s. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in "The Filth & The Fury" and Joe Strummer in "The Future Is Unwritten." Oil City Confidential is a film noir feature length documentary and about Dr. Feelgood; it's the story of four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll and left all that came before

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What emerges is a film to rank alongside Temple's own Joe Strummer elegy 'The Future is Unwritten' as the very best in British rock documentary. Riveting, even if you don't like the music.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

I don't think [Julien Temple's] ever made a film as good, and purely insightful as this one.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The splicing of old home videos, archive footage and new interviews is handled with real finesse, and in the band's mad-eyed, quixotic guitarist Wilco Johnson, the film has a tirelessly charismatic ringmaster.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A rugged piece of pulp entertainment charting the unlikely rise of UK blues outfit Dr Feelgood.

February 5, 2010
Little White Lies

A clearly affectionate homage to the Canvey Island foursome whose incendiary R&B paved the way for punk.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's Wilko's peremptory, offbeat monologues that provide Oil City Confidential with its through-line and several of its funniest moments, not least when he describes the clouds and flames of the Shell Haven Refinery as "Miltonic"

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Temple tries his best to make the story lively and interesting (even embarking on a brief history of the Thames estuary), but Dr Feelgood remains an R&B band of limited appeal, and Oil City Confidential won't create many new converts.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times | Comment (1)
Radio Times

Julian Temple's messy, whimsical look at the rise and fall of the British pub rock band Dr Feelgood packs a bigger punch than expected.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Julien Temple concludes his cinematic history of punk with an origins story, making a persuasive, highly entertaining case for why rabble-rousing musical renegades Dr Feelgood are the unsung progenitors of the movement.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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Julien Temple's superb documentary charting the rise and fall of Canvey Island pub-rockers Dr Feelgood. The twitchily charismatic presence of guitarist Wilko Johnson and some scorching archive performances are perfectly complimented by Temple's frenetic style. If I had to quibble I might say that the b-movie inserts grate eventually, but otherwise this is top drawer, quite the equal of Temple's Joe Strummer movie and not tainted by pointless superstar talking heads.
September 13, 2010
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