The documentary about the late Clash frontman has now sold to more than 35 territories. That includes deals with Surreal Films (France), Neue Visionen (Germany/Austria), Avalon (Spain), Sandrew (Scandinavia), Tohokushinsha (Japan), Dendy (Australia/New Zealand), A-Film (Benelux), Lusomundo (Portugal), Odeon (Greece/Cyprus), Myndform (Iceland), Gutek (Poland), Tuck (ex-Yugoslavia), Maywin (CIS & Baltic States), Frontrow (Middle East), and Pacific (Thailand).
Vertigo Films is handling the UK and Ireland release and has set a release date of May 18. The DVD release from 4 DVD will follow in September 2007, and the May release of the Sony BMG soundtrack will inlcude unreleased Clash material. Charity Strummerville is also involved in the UK launch.
Strummer is a Nitrate Film and Parallel Films production of a Julien Temple film, for Film4, SonyBMG Film, Parallel Films and HanWay Films. The producers are Amanda Temple, Anna Campeau and Alan Moloney.
The film includes studio sessions, archive and childhood footage, and interviews with Strummer fans including Bono and Martin Scorsese.
'Joe Strummer's music and actions influenced millions of people around the world,' said HanWay CEO Tim Haslam. 'We're delighted the distributors who've acquired the film see the commerciality and mainstream appeal of this razor-sharp life story which will inspire anyone who loves great music and is passionate about what's happening in the world around us.'
Vertigo Films Rupert Preston added, 'It's simply the most astounding, moving biopic I've ever seen and its great to be teaming up with Film4 and 4 DVD on this release as well as working with Julien Temple '.