British director Julien Temple filming a movie about the new Cuba in Havana

Posted: 23-Oct-15 09:50

It's official: Julien Temple will be making a film about Havana! As revealed by himself during a recent interview, the British film director will be travelling to Cuba soon to start shooting for a new film about Havana's music scene, one that will be massively inspired by The Rolling Stones' upcoming concert in the Cuban capital, expected for March 2016.

British director Julien Temple filming a movie about the new Cuba in Havana

It’s now the third time that British director Julien Temple finds himself in Havana. The first was five years ago and the latest was just last April. Now he’s back in Cuba again but with a full agenda this time; the purpose of travel this occasion is quite different to the previous ones: he is filming a new movie about Havana!

Speaking to Cuban press, Mr Temple revealed;

"I’ve been making films about cities with a powerful musical soul. I did one about Detroit, one about London and another about Rio de Janeiro. It’s about films that are not exactly about music but through which you narrate and show the soul of these cities. And Havana is one of these great music capitals; but on top of that on that has had a huge influence on the rest of the world."

The project, which will be part of BBC1’s signature art show BBC Imagine, will also be starring Mick Jagger and internationally-acclaimed Cuban ballet star, Carlos Acosta, as revealed by Alan Yentob, Creative Director at BBC, to the British newspaper, The Independent.

The Rolling Stones concert taking place in Havana next March 2016 will be one of the key features of the film, which will also document different key moments in Cuba’s history up until recent times and all the changes that have taken place over the last few months.

Of the upcoming Rolling Stones concert, Alan Yentob, who is a close friend of Mick Jagger and who also worked with Temple on Requiem for remarkable BBC2 film “Detroit”, said to The Independent:

"We have started filming and this is going to be a project which will have a theatrical life (cinema release)."

Speaking about Acosta’s input on this film exploring the new Cuba, Yentob who has also been making a separate film about Carlos Acosta’s personal and professional journey as he comes to the realisation of an ambition of creating a new ballet company from native Cuban dancers, added:

"This is his last season at the Royal Opera House and he’s setting up his own company. It’s also his story about his life in Cuba and his family."

According to Temple, this new production comes about now because:

"Cuba is at a very interesting moment in time now. It seems the blockade is coming to its end and it’s highly seductive to explore what people’s visions about the future are (…) So, these are times to speak to people and see what they feel, what they think."


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