2 hours 4 minutes | Rated R16
Crock Of Gold – A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan is still in production and chronicles the life and music of the legendary singer-songwriter leading up to his 60th birthday celebration.
The film combines unseen archival footage from the Irish band and MacGowan’s family with animation by Ralph Steadman.
In Temple’s hands it’s more than a rock musical; it’s a portrait of a flawed, confronting artist and ardent Irish patriot. The Australian
Julien Temple gave Shane MacGowan exactly the documentary he deserves – unruly and full of heart. Austin Chronicle
MacGowan fans will relish the sheer exuberance of a film that barrels along with the same hectic passion as a vintage Pogues number. Uncut Magazine [UK]
Temple has always used archive material playfully; here, it’s particularly riotous, like a chaotic patchwork quilt tacked together by one of Shane’s drunk aunties. Observer (UK)
“Crock of Gold” isn’t intended as a lament for an artist derailed by his worst impulses, though. Instead, it’s a celebration of what MacGowan accomplished at his peak, as well as an explanation of the experiences that informed his music. Los Angeles Times
In the end, the film operates best as an act of ancestor-worship to an extraordinary musician whose best days – we are forced to sadly conclude – appear to be behind him. Guardian