The Temple of Temple

ArchFilmFest London dedicates a room at the Bargehouse featuring a continuous rotation of Julien Temple´s City series of films, which captures the essence of the Metropoli using music, archive and interviews with diverse inhabitants guide us.

7 – 11 June

11am – 6pm


Room 3

London Modern Babylon

Dir. Julien Temple, UK, 2012

125 minutes


Julien Temple’s personal time-traveling epic to the heart of his hometown.

Requiem for Detroit?

Dir. Julien Temple, UK, 2010

76 minutes


Looking at the decay and industrial collapse of America’s fourth largest city.

Rio 50 Degrees

Dir. Julien Temple, UK, 2014

93 minutes


Explore the divided social and cultural history of Rio de Janeiro just as the Olympic Games roll into town.

About Julien Temple

Julian Temple is an English film, documentary, and music video director. While studying at Cambridge, he came across the works of French anarchist director Jean Vigo. This lead him to attend the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire. After graduating, Temple moved to London, where he encountered the burgeoning punk scene, notably the Sex Pistols.
Temple became the band’s documentarian, filming gigs and producing the documentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979). Following the success of Swindle, Temple began a career making music videos, working with such artists as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the Kinks.

In addition to making music videos, Temple also directed  and produced several full length films. In 1986, he oversaw the production of Absolute Beginners, a film featuring David Bowie as a fashion photographer. While a critical flop, it has now become a cult classic. In the same year, Temple directed Earth Girls Are Easy. He went on to make other films, notably Bullet, Vigo, and Pandaemonium, as well as feature length and serialized documentaries. Temple has worked with the BBC, ABC,  Australian Opera, and numerous other organizations.
Temple continues to make films, television series, and music videos.

Special aknowledgement to director Julien Temple and producer Stephen Malit for kindly helping in the production of this installation.