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Julien Temple really gets the KinksMusic documentary-maker Julien Temple is to turn his attention to the sibling spats of Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks in a new film
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Ben Child guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 9 December 2009 14.29 GMT Article history
The untold story ... the Kinks. Photograph: Getty

Julien Temple, the director of Sex Pistols documentaries The Great Rock'n' Roll Swindle and The Filth and the Fury, is planning to shoot a feature film about Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks. To be titled You Really Got Me, the movie will focus on the "extraordinary love-hate relationship" between the brothers, which often resulted in legendary on-stage and off-stage spats. It will also examine the development of the band's sound, from the tough r'n'b of their mid 60s period, to their later fascination with music-hall and rock opera.

The Great Rock And Roll Swindle
Production year: 1980Country: UKCert (UK): 18Directors: Julian TempleCast: Johnny Rotten, Malcolm McLaren, Sid ViciousMore on this filmSpeaking to ScreenDaily, Temple said: "Love/hate, sibling rivalry is at the core. I think it's a very rich social, cultural nexus around the Kinks. Their story is the untold story of all those big bands of the 1960s."

Temple is currently collaborating with Ray Davies to plan the film's approach before penning a screenplay, and does not yet have a cast in place. He says the actors will be required to play the Kinks' music: "I think you would want to have the music played by the actors ... that is believable and real while miming is problematic."

The Kinks formed in 1964, although the bandmembers had previously played together in various incarnations. The original lineup was Ray and Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory, but only the two brothers stayed with the band all the way through to their final break-up in 1996. The band were a success on both sides of the Atlantic, with You Really Got Me hitting the top 10 in both the US and the UK in 1964. All in all, the band had 14 top 20 UK singles and five top 10 US singles. They also inspired the likes of the Jam in the late 70s and Blur and Oasis in the mid-90s.

Temple has another couple of films in the pipeline. Documentaries Oil City Confidential, about the pub rock group Dr Feelgood, and Requiem for Detroit, about the travails of the motor city, are both seeking distribution. A non-theatrical 75-minute cut of the latter will be screened by the BBC in early January
 

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Music documentary-maker Julien Temple is to turn his attention to the sibling spats of Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks in a new film...
Temple has another couple of films in the pipeline. Documentaries Oil City Confidential, about the pub rock group Dr Feelgood, and Requiem for Detroit, about the travails of the motor city, are both seeking distribution. A non-theatrical 75-minute cut of the latter will be screened by the BBC in early January

You can't keep a good man down - this promises to be another cracking one from Mr. T. He has a disarming likeness to Malcolm McClaren though. Didn't get a chance to tell him about the Westcliff/Barca connection at 'Oil City Confidential' in Brighton, Phil, but pointed it out to him on his FB page instead. He makes inspired choices of subjects for his 'rockumentaries' (Strummer, Feelgoods,* Pistols), and this latest one should be very interesting too.

*Although it was Richard England (Feelgoods associate from Cadiz Music) who came up with idea for OCC though.
 

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He makes inspired choices of subjects for his 'rockumentaries' (Strummer, Feelgoods,* Pistols), and this latest one should be very interesting too.

Yeah, he made the point in his introduction to OCC in Barna that he was trying to tell an alternative story of England via rock music, from the bottom up, which I think is pretty much what he IS actually doing.
 
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