Julien Temple

Julien Temple

Highest Rated: 100% The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)

Lowest Rated: 54% Aria (1987)

Birthday: Nov 26, 1953

Birthplace: London, England, UK

While attending the National Film School in London, British film director Julien Temple became fascinated with the emerging punk culture, particularly the notorious Sex Pistols, and made a sensational feature debut with "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" (1979), a gripping, anarchic account of that quintessential punk rock band. Variety (March 3, 1980) called "Swindle" the "Citizen Kane" of rock 'n' roll movies and gushed that it "represents the most imaginative use of a rock group since The Beatles debuted in "A Hard Day's Night." Following its success, Temple became established as one of the pioneers of music videos, directing such diverse talents as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Neil Young and Janet Jackson, as well as helming feature-length projects like the concert-comedy fest "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" (1981) and "Running Out of Luck" (1985), essentially a long-playing vidclip of Mick Jagger's first solo album, "She's the Boss." He also directed the original period musical "Absolute Beginners" (1986), set in 1958 London and featuring the likes of Bowie, Patsy Kensit and Sade, not to mention the "Rigoletto" segment of "Aria" (1987). Temple helmed the infectiously daffy "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1989), a musical comedy about aliens landing in the San Fernando Valley and getting their introduction to Southern California from a ditsy manicurist (Geena Davis). The pic also starred Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey and featured flamboyant art direction reminiscent of "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and the movies of John Waters.




96% 94% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan Director,
$2.2K 2020
100% No Score Yet My Life Story Director - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Habaneros Director - 2017
100% 91% The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson Director - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Glastopia Director,
- 2013
89% 82% London: The Modern Babylon Director,
- 2012
No Score Yet 62% Requiem for Detroit Narrator,
- 2010
92% 87% Oil City Confidential Director - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternity Man Director,
- 2008
89% 87% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Director $248.2K 2007
73% 68% Glastonbury Director $7.3K 2006
58% 75% Pandaemonium Director - 2000
95% 88% The Filth and the Fury Director $606.6K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vigo: Passion for Life Director,
- 1998
No Score Yet 70% Bullet Director - 1996
100% 89% At the Max Director - 1991
69% 42% Earth Girls Are Easy Director $3.9M 1989
54% 48% Aria Director - 1987
78% 38% Absolute Beginners Director $278.9K 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet ABC: Mantrap Director,
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Self,
- 1984
90% 81% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Director - 1981
100% 71% The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Director,
- 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punk Can Take It Director,
- 1979