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Julien Temple is an English filmmaker and music video director who began his career directing the Sex Pistols documentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979).
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In 2006 he returned to the punk rock scene with Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a documentary about his longtime friend.
One of his more recent projects came at the request of BBC Arts, which commissioned Temple to produce a documentary about the city of London. The film, This Is London,
reflects Temple's reverence for his home city and shows how the city has changed and adapted since the early 20th century. It concludes with the metropolis preparing to welcome the Olympic Games.
The film is a part of a series of city-based music documentaries Temple is directing. The others include Children of the Revolution, which looks at the annual Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janeiro. Temple also plans films for Havana, Berlin and other cities.
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