The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
“The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson” feels like an anomaly in the music-driven British director’s oeuvre, despite the fact that Temple had made an earlier film, “Oil City Confidential,” about the same rock legend, who, according to the director, “created the conditions around which punk could happen.”
Where the earlier film was a straightforward rock doc, this one took a more existential approach, inspired by the Dr. Feelgood guitarist’s unexpected reaction to being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“Wilko had a remarkable, euphoric response to his situation. He had this extraordinary year where he kept playing farewell concerts,” says Temple, who took a personal approach: “My mother was passing away as I was making the film, so I was also very much thinking about our place in the universe, as it were.”
Next, Temple is preparing “You Really Got Me” about the dynamic between brothers Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks.