It's England, 1979, and unemployment has hit the working class suburbs of London particularly hard. As his family struggles to stay afloat, 14-year-old Shay Baker has had to grow up quickly by taking care of his younger sister Alice while his father Nigel works two jobs.
One day, Shay receives a package from his estranged mother, the free spirited Sandrine, who left the family years ago to pursue her dreams of being a singer. Inside is a cassette tape featuring the newest music from London. Shay is captured by the raw energy of The Clash's White Riot as it pounds through his ears, opens his mind and causes him to lose himself in it - until the reality of his responsibilities pull him back to reality.
Shay’s life becomes even harder when Nigel is hospitalised after an accident and Alice falls ill. He makes a decision: he goes searching for Sandrine, in the hopes that she can help their family from being torn apart. After finding Sandrine, Shay attends his first Clash concert, has a run-in with the law and loses his virginity, physically and mentally.
While Nigel still lies unconscious, Shay struggles to pay the bills. Realising that Sandrine can’t help them, wanting to be friends rather than a mother, Shay escapes in music as a way of expressing his frustration at his personal as well as the larger political situation. Just as all seems to be lost, Shay must find the courage to take a huge leap that will offer hope to his struggling family.
Rock-n-roll feature London Town stars Daniel Huttlestone (Les Misérables), Dougray Scott (Hitman), Natascha McElhone (Californication), Tom Hughes (The Game), Nell Williams (The Revolting World of Stanley Brown), and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission: Impossible III) as Joe Strummer.
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"Meyers’ portrayal of the punk godhead is studied and exacting, Borte incorporates impressively specific visual cues from actual footage of the era in staging the live music scenes and Huttlestone’s guileless earnestness in the lead role goes a long way" - VARIETY
"Excellent performances" - NERDIST