Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Irish music icon Shane MacGowan is the protagonist of the new film from Julien Temple.

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan
United Kingdom, Ireland, United States 2020
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124 min.

Respected music documentarist Julien Temple chose as his protagonist the Irish music icon Shane MacGowan, noting that filming him was akin to flying through a radioactive rainbow, at whose end there is an inner “crock of gold” waiting to be discovered. Reminiscences with MacGowan’s family and friends highlight the significance of Irish history and traditional Irish music for MacGowan’s work and convey to the viewer his take on the world and his quirky humour. They also reveal something of the inward sensitivity of a punk poet for whom alcohol became a lifelong companion. Spotlighting the frontman of the legendary band The Pogues, Crock of Gold was coproduced by MacGowan’s friend of many years, Johnny Depp, who also makes an appearance in the film.

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Director: Julien Temple
Screenplay: Julien Temple
Cinematography: Steve Organ
Music: Jocelyn Campbell, Jc Carroll
Sound: Andrew Stirk
Editing: Caroline Richards
Production Design: Abi Ford
Producer: Johnny Depp, Stephen Deuters, Stephen Malit, Julien Temple
Co-production: Patrick O'Neill
Costumes: Anna Bevan
Director Julien Temple

Selected filmography: Bullet (1996), Requiem for Detroit (2010, doc.), Pandaemonium (2000), There’ll Always Be an England, (2008, doc.), Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020, doc.).


San Sebastián International Film Festival

2020 – Julien Temple (Special Prize of the Jury)