Strummer’s Hollywood glamour shot.
Back in 1983, Joe Strummer directed a short film called Hell W10. I wonder if Joe was tempted to call it The Clash By Night, a play on Fritz Lang’s noir classic. The film has the right look. With the participation of Mick Jones, Paul Simenon, Kosmo Vinyl, Pearl Harbour and various Clash crew members, Strummer had a bit of fun taking the piss out on himself and his comrades. Clash roadie Barry (The Baker) Auguste writes about the creation of Hell W10 with witty insight in an article for The Daily Swarm.
Some three decades ago this month, the members of The Clash, those of us in their crew, and the band’s closest friends found themselves standing in the freezing cold of Ladbroke Grove, filming a movie entirely directed, conceived, and paid for by Joe Strummer. Hell W10 was a personal project for Joe, which initially plays like a simple, unpretentious home movie. But hidden beneath the surface of its archetypal cops-and-robbers plotline, Joe was cleverly caricaturing the true-life roles of everyone in the band, making the film a prime example of art imitating life. In truth, the “Last Gang in Town” was unknowingly having its last soirée, and that was clear from Hell W10, both in front of and behind the camera.” Barry Auguste.
Joe Strummer’s directing debut: