Countdown to Galway Film Fleadh: Directors Masterclass – Julien Temple


 The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The 25th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Screen Training Ireland, have announced that Julien Temple will be the subject of this year’s Directors Masterclass.


Born in London, England, in 1953, Julien Temple grew up with little interest in film until, when a student at Cambridge, he discovered the works of French anarchist director director Jean Vigo. This, along with his interest in the early punk scene in London in 1976, led to his friendship with The Sex Pistols. It was this friendship that later resulted in the controversial documentary The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (1980), which tells the rise of the band from the viewpoint of their manager, Malcolm McLaren. Weaving together interviews, live music, animation and other spectacular footage, Swindle proved to be a critical success despite the controversy surrounding it. The documentary became a cult hit and helped launch Temple into a phenomenally successful career making music videos. He quickly became a wanted man among rock’s elite and in the 1980s, helped pioneer the use of the music video, directing projects for The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, David Bowie, Neil Young and Janet Jackson among others. His early work was (and still is) considered groundbreaking.


Temple worked on a variety of projects, Jazzin’ for Blue Jean (1984), The Comic Strip (1981), Absolute Beginners (1986), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), and many others before returning to his punk roots with a new documentary about the Sex Pistols, The Filth and the Fury (2000), which was told from the band’s perspective. In 2006 he returned to the punk rock scene once again with Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007), a documentary about his longtime friend and Clash frontman. 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 (2012), reflects Temple’s reverence for his home city and shows how the city has changed and adapted since the early 20th century.


The masterclass will be hosted by director Kieron J. Walsh and will cover such topics as:

The role of the director, what is the directors job, from script to screen, relationship with; producer, writer/story editors, director of photography, subjects, editor and composer. The processes of post-production; editing, juxtaposition and montage, construction of artificial time and space, use of music, analysis of selected scenes from the films and creation of authorship in editing.

The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on Thursday the 11th of July from 3.30pm – 6.30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. To apply for a place, log onto: with your CV and register your details.

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