Directed by Julien Temple, Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan delves into the life of the Irish vocalist who was best known as the lead singer/songwriter of the Pogues. During the interview, Temple (Absolute Beginners, Vigo: A Passion for Life) discussed why the documentary was a complex yet gratifying undertaking.
Featuring animation from illustrator Ralph Steadman and a healthy share of participants (including Shane MacGowan’s lifelong friend Johnny Depp), Crock of Gold is an immersive and engaging look at MacGowan’s colorful life.
With his trademark confidence and showmanship, MacGowan was a force of nature, and that punk rock energy remains even as the iconic figure is now in his early 60s (the documentary spotlights his star studded 60th birthday celebration).
“I think without that dedication it’s hard to get anywhere,” said director Julien Temple. “Hopefully the film is a little bit about the nature of creativity and what you have to give up in order to achieve. Or what you have to reach for and what dangers it can open up for you. I think Shane’s story, on the one hand it is a triumph, but on the other hand it’s a tragedy.”
Julien Temple Interview Breakdown:
0:39 – Temple approached the documentary in “many different ways” to show the passion and contradictions of Shane MacGowan.
3:21 – Temple discusses his immersion with his work and relates it to Shane MacGowan’s own creative drive.
5:28 – Julien Temple on why Jean Vigo’s filmmaking still resonates (Temple directed the 1998 feature Vigo: A Passion for Life).
Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan is now available everywhere.