Julien Temple doc to get special screening

Live concert beamed before "Oil City Confidential"

LONDON -- Julien Temple's music doc "Oil City Confidential" is lined up to rock the aisles in theaters in a one-off deal that heralds the beginnings of an all-singing all-dancing digital distribution age.

Temple's movie, which centers on the Brit R&B band Dr Feelgood, will platform in theaters via British-based d-cinema integrator Arts Alliance Media (AAM) for one night in February next year.

Local theater goers across the country will be treated to a concert by original Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson and his band of ex-Blockhead musicians beamed live into digital screens from Koko in London, with a special red carpet introduction by Temple himself and a screening of the film.

The movie house event is also promising "special guests drawn from the directorial career" of Temple.

"Oil City" is the last film in Temple's trilogy on British music of the 1970s and is billed as a prequel to his films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in "The Filth & The Fury" and Joe Strummer in "The Future Is Unwritten".

HanWay Films has international distribution rights for the title and is aiming to rollout this sort of theatrical event release across territories such as Germany, France and Japan.

Hanway's Charlotte Thorp said: "We are looking to repeat U.K. alternative content/cinema event internationally and believe 'Oil City' can forge a new model of distribution. We're looking into different, new and experimental ways in which to gain distribution and raise awareness. Using the event to profile the film gives it a greater visibility through which to promote the other media, such as DVD, CDs, downloads, TV broadcast and VOD."

Producer Stephen Malit, who is at the center of the deal to push it out via AAM in the U.K., said: "By bringing together Arts Alliance Media, EMI records and in the U.K., The Mint Group (owners of Koko), we have the cinema, music and live event industries, working together. This has led to a much bigger project than any one company would feel comfortable managing."
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