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Julien Temple Wraps “Children of the Revolution” for Film and Music Entertainment in Rio de Janeiro. BBC, Arte, WDR and Filmstiftung NRW Confirm Participation.

// 18th of December, 2012

Veteran music documentarist Julien Temple, whose London: The Modern Babylon" was one of the big documentary hits of 2012, has wrapped his latest "musical city" feature documentary, Children of the Revolution, in Rio de Janeiro as the year came to an end. The film marks the sixth feature completed by prolific London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment in 2012 (see below*).

"Since visiting Rio with the Sex Pistols for The Great Rock and Roll Swindle in the late 70s and with Mick Jagger in the 1980s, I've wanted to return to make a film about the city and its music and now, as it takes its rightful place again on the world stage, the time has come," says Temple. "Rio is an exciting and challenging prospect for any film maker. Visually the city is a gift, and through its music, and the people who make it, the soul of the city can be exposed."

With Rio and Brazil counting down to hosting three of the world's largest and most prestigious high profile events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the commercial prospects for the film look bright, especially as the film will be delivered well before 2014 in October 2013.

"Aside from a few extreme weather issues at the end of the shoot, the whole thing went very smoothly, and our careful preparation, a prep period that was spread over a year, paid dividends," producer Mike Downey told Screen. "We now face the gargantuan task of sifting through the massive amount of material we have managed to shoot and the brilliant archive footage sourced by the 'guru' of Brazilian film archive work, Antonio Venancio."

Venancio was responsible for the archive work on Asif Kapadia's portrait of the Brazilian Formula One Champion Ayrton Senna in Senna, as well as Music According to Tom Jobim that premièred in Cannes. At the recent Festival do Rio, the jury gave Venancio a special award for his archive work on the documentaries screening in competition that included Hélio Oiticica, Dossiê Jango (Jango Report ), Sobral - O Homem Que Não Tinha Preço, and O Dia que Durous 21 Anos (The Day That Lasted 21 Years).
Temple is well known for his innovative and creative use of archive in his documentary work and Children of the Revolution will be no exception. London: The Modern Babylon DOP Steve Organ shot the film and its editor Caroline Richards will edit it.

The film is produced by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor and is funded by the BBC, Arte, WDR, Filmstiftung NRW, German distributor Rapid Eye Movies and City of Rio funding entity, Sergio Sa Leitao's RioFilmes. Associate producer is Brazil veteran Christopher Pickard.

"Julien's documentary films are not only award winning features destined for the big screen," says F&ME's Sam Taylor, "they also sell well in the international markets. London: The Modern Babylon, which is the most comparable of Julien's films to the Rio project has done great business to date, and we are fortunate enough to have the same international sales agent."

International sales are being handled by Ealing Metro International, the sales entity run by Will Machin who is responsible for international sales on Temple's European Film Award nominated London doc.

The Brazilian producing partners are Roberto Berliner and Rodrigo Letier of TV Zero. Founded in 1991,the company was responsible for Bruna Surfistinha that sold over 2 million admissions and grossed over US$10 million at the Brazilian box office.

German partners are Joerg Siepmann and Harry Floeter's Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots co-producers are Arne Ludwig and Siepmann.

Further funding is expected from the State of Rio in addition to the production back up already received from the Rio Film Commission.

Temple's music doc credits also include Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, The Filth and the Fury, as well as Glastonbury, Requiem for Detroit and Oil City Confidential.

*Film and Music Entertainment have had a bumper 2012, completing shooting on six features The Parade which premiered in Berlin winning the Berlinale Audience Award and 20 other prizes since then; Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and won best director and Audience Award at Warsaw; Lilet Never Happened by Jacco Groen; Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company; and portmanteau film Zagreb Stories: Love.