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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, The

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson  


How to live when you're going to die.

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson tells the extraordinary story of British cult musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with a terminal illness and given months to live, accepted his fate with uplifting positivity and embarked on a farewell tour, capturing the imagination of the world as he went.

Two years later, confounding the odds and unexpectedly sentenced to live, Wilko integrates the enlightened lessons he has learned into the surprising and ongoing future of his life. Filled with a surprising explosion of music, found footage, and surreal movie clips - this is not only a documentary about one man's amazing journey, but also a meditation on the meaning of music, art, history, and a love letter to cinema and the joy, terror and surrealism of life itself.

Selected as one of the “Top 10 Films: 2015” by The Guardian, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is directed by rock and roll filmmaking legend Julien Temple (The Filth and the Fury, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners, Earth Girls Are Easy).


“An uplifting ode to life” THE GUARDIAN

“Delightfully alive, inventive and droll, very much like its unassuming subject, and its perspective on terminal illness is a rare tonic” VARIETY

“A remarkably charismatic subject… A conventional life-affirming message made interesting by an unconventional man” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Genre: Non-Fiction, Films

Sub Genre: Biopic Documentary, True Story, Music, Documentary, Biography

Year of Production: 2015

Running Time: 1 x 91-minutes

Available in HD: Yes

Country: UK

Production Company:An Essential Arts Entertainment and Nitrate Film Production