Julien Temple

City Paper at SXSW: Praise for two documentaries on renowned artists, 'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson' and 'The Salt of the Earth'

City Paper at SXSW: Praise for two documentaries on renowned artists, 'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson' and 'The Salt of the Earth'

The first film to be screened during the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival was "The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson" on Friday afternoon. If you're a rock fan of a certain age and a certain obsessiveness, you will recognize that name as the singer-guitarist of Dr. Feelgood, the band that kicked off the British pub-rock movement of the mid-'70s. But that's not what this movie is about.

In January 2013, Johnson was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer and was told he had 10 months to live. Rather than depressing him, as you might expect, the news liberated Johnson; he refused chemotherapy so he could enjoy...

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