The first trailer for The Clash inspired film, London Town is finally here. The film which was a hit by fans and critics at the Los Angeles Film FestivalÂ and for this critic one of the best films of the year will be hitting theaters on October 7 as well as digital the same day.
Its England, 1979 and unemployment has hit the working class suburbs of London, particularly hard. 14 year-old SHAY BAKER (Daniel Huttlestone) has had to grow upquickly, as his family is struggling to stay afloat, he takes care of his 6 year old sister ALICE (Anya McKenna-Bruce) while his father NICK (Dougray Scott) works two jobs. One day, Shay receives a package from his estranged mother, SANDRINE (Natascha McElhone). Inside is a cassette tape featuring the newest music from London.
Shay is captured by the raw energy of The Clash’s WHITE RIOT asit pounds through his ears and opens his mind, losing himself in the music until the reality of his responsibilities pull him away. On a day trip into London to run an errand for his dad, Shay meets VIVIAN (Nell Williams), a 15 year-old punk girl, who introduces him to the music of The Clash and invites him to a show. HeÇ¯s immediately taken byher beauty, wit, and bold confidence.
When a piano moving accident leaves Shay’s father unconscious and in the hospital, Shay is overcome with guilt, blaming himself for not tightening the straps. In order to keep things running at home and to avoid being taken by child protective services, heis forced to run the music shop during the day, as well as drive his father’s taxi at night were happenstance introduces him to up punk icon and The Clash front man Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
At the same time, he’s falling for Vivian, as well as finding his voice in the music of The Clash. Alice gets ill, and Shay must make a decision: risk being found out bychild protective services, orgoin search of his mom in hopes of getting help. Infinding his mom, the free spirited SANDRINE, who left the family for London topursue her dreams of being a singer, Shay finds temporary shelter among the others in the squat where she lives. He attends his first Clash concert, has a run-in with the law and loses his virginity, physically and mentally.
While Nick still lies unconscious, Shay struggles to pay the bills. He soon realizes that Sandrine is irresponsible and wants tobe his friend rather than his mother, and that Vivian is not the radical punk who she pretends to be. He escapes in the music as a way of expressing his frustration at his personal as well as the larger political situation. Just as all seems tobe lost â€“ NickÇ¯s taxi is repossessed and the music shop is locked for back rent â€“ Shay is inspired to take a chance that could bail them out. Hedistances himself from Sandrine but takes the music with him. With Nick on the mend, and after reconciling with Vivian, Shay musters the courage to take a leap that offers hope to the struggling family.
This is a must watch film with an amazing performance by Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the lead singer of The Clash Joe Strummer. Great story from beginning to end and must be on the top of your list for films in October.