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CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN

Julien Temple / United Kingdom / 2020 / 124 min
A few rounds and plenty of cock-and-bull stories with the legendary Pogues singer, who can still drink anyone under the table.

The Pogues combined Irish folk music with the energy and attitude of punk. With the singer Shane MacGowan as the band’s front, they conquered 1980s London against all odds. A true rebel and rock n’ roller with a heavy smoker’s vocals and a seriously legendary thirst. But also a survivor, who could recently celebrate his 60th birthday in the company of his friends with a drink in hand. And a born raconteur who still knows how to tell cock-and-bull stories! His friend Johnny Depp has produced the film and joins him at the bar, and the veteran director Julian Temple has visited the archives and hit a gold vein of film reels from the heyday of MacGowan and The Pogues. The result is a wildly entertaining hullaballoo of a film about a singer with a bruised soul.