Filming is currently underway on the punk rock film London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, and Natascha McElhone. The Joneses‘ Derrick Borte is directing from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown, with filming taking place around London.
Commenting on the Dutch Tilt Film and Culmination Productions film, executive producer Lee Vandermolen said, “London Town richly illustrates how music and your first record can change your life forever.”
The film tells the punk-era account of a teenage boy Shay (Huttlestone) who ventures into central London from its bleak outskirts to find his estranged mother, inspired both by the music she left behind and the burgeoning punk music scene into which she’s plunged. From learning how to love to supporting his family to becoming a man, Shay’s journey features the iconic music of The Clash.
London Town takes place in 1978, at the dawn of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative revolution in England. Fourteen year-old Shay (Huttlestone) has to grow up quickly as he takes care of his six year-old sister while his father Nick (Scott) works two jobs to barely stay afloat. When his estranged mother Sandrine (McElhone) sends him a cassette of The Clash’s “White Riot,” Shay’s world opens and he goes to London to find her. In the process, he meets a young punk girl, Vivian who shares his love for their music. As Shay falls in love, his father has an accident and is hospitalized. Shay must take over both his father’s jobs and is able to reconnect with his mum, but she is at heart the flawed, free-spirited woman who left him years earlier. Soon, Shay’s new world starts to crumble and he is faced with major decisions that may save him in the end.
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