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06th Feb 2020

Johnny Depp producing documentary on Shane MacGowan

Darragh Murphy

Shane MacGowan documentary being produced by Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is producing a documentary on The Pogues frontman and close friend, Shane MacGowan.

Depp has described the upcoming documentary as “the definitive film” on Shane MacGowan.

Joining forces with director Julien Temple (Glastonbury, The Filth and the Fury, London: The Modern Babylon), Depp is proud to be involved with the production of Shane; which will feature animation, unseen footage and contributions from those close to the man behind the iconic Fairytale of New York.

“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 twentieth century,” Depp said of the project.

Altitude Films will distribute the documentary in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is understood that it will appear on BBC Four at a later date.

Julien Temple is well aware of the challenges that he will face in making the film, however.

He 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 was all worthwhile.”