A new documentary about rogue icon Shane MacGowan has enrolled Johnny Depp as a co-producer. The film will give an insight into the life of the legendary Pogues frontman.
According to UCR, the film is simply titled, ‘Shane’ and is the creation of British filmmaker Julien Temple in collaboration with HanWay films.
Audiences will be able to watch undiscovered footage of the musician from Temple’s own archives along with specially commissioned animations. Depp said in a statement:
“Knowing Shane for 30 years, I am honoured to be producing the definitive film on both my friend and one of the most important artists and beloved poets of the 20th century.”
The film will share many memorable moments in Shane’s life. The press release about the film said it will “reveal Shane’s true punk and poetic nature, culminating in his 60th birthday celebration where singers, movie stars and rock ’n roll outlaws gathered for a knees-up to remember.”
Temple said: “It’s not the easiest thing to make a film about Shane MacGowan. The nearest thing I can think of is one of those David Attenborough films. You set the camera traps.
“You wait and you wait, in the hope that one day the snow leopard will trigger them. Then when you do actually capture the unique force of Shane’s personality, even for a moment on screen, you realise it.”
Worldwide sales rights acquired by HanWay will introduce the project at the upcoming European Film Market and Altitude Films will distribute the film in the UK and Ireland.
The documentary will ultimately be broadcast on BBC Four at a later date. The collaboration is between Temples, Nitrate Films and Johnny Depp/Stephen Deuters production company Infinitum Nihil, and Stephen Malit.