By Julien TEMPLE


Documentary - Completed 2009

The story of Canvey Island, 1970's England and the greatest local band in the world.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
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    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 106 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Julien TEMPLE
    • Producer(s)
    • Stephen MALIT (Malitsky Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Julien Temple's Oil City Confidential is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970's. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in The filth and the Fury and Joe Strummer in The Future is Unwritten.
      Rather than being standard 'rockymentaries', Julien uses the music as a prism through which he examines the social and cultural conditions of the times. The fims share his characteristic cinematic language - an irreverent and anarchic style of montage of archive and fictive footage which he pionneered in the Great Rock & Roll Swindle.
      The Sex Pistols' and Joe Strummer's roles are well known, but Dr Feelgood, who are the subject of Oil City Confidential, played a vital role in creating those conditions for that cultural exploision and is a story that is as yet untold.
      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 70's, sandpapered the face of rock'n roll and left all that came before a burnt-out ruin, four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten's anti-Christ.