Thursday 18th June 2015

Get your tickets to the film's premiere at The Picturehouse Central on 7 July in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, PLUS you'll also get to see Wilko and friends performing at the legendary 100 Club afterwards!

The film tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson, who diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, accepted his fate with uplifting positivity and embarked on a farewell tour, capturing the imagination of the world as he went.

If it's going to kill me, I don't want it to bore me.

Wilko Johnson

But like every good story Wilko's has a twist in its tail. Two years later and confounding the odds, Wilko wakes up in a hospital bed, unexpectedly sentenced to live, having now to integrate those enlightened lessons learnt under sentence of death into the unexpected and ongoing future of his life.

I called it The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson because Wilko was able to describe how he could see everything in a very revelatory way. It’s like the medieval saints when they have the revelation of God and eternity, but in the head of an atheist.

Julien Temple

100% of profits from the charity premiere evening on 7 July are being donated to Teenage Cancer Trust, with a further 10% of net profits from the film itself going to us too.

Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

We’re so pleased to have the support of everyone involved in the making of The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson. Every pound will help us to support teenagers and young adults across the UK facing a diagnosis of cancer. Wilko played a show for us at the Royal Albert Hall this year and took the stage by storm. He really embodies all our values- showing breathtaking positivity at an extremely difficult time and touring the globe spreading a message of hope through his timeless and inimitable style of music.

We thank him and Julien for all their generosity. We have come so far in our mission to help young people suffering from this devastating disease. There is, however, still much more to do and for every young person we help, there is another we can’t, it is contributions such as this one that provide us with the vital funds we need to make sure this changes.

UK Screenings & Previews:

  • The film will preview in the UK with a special screening and Q&A with Wilko Johnson & Julien Temple at this year’s Glastonbury Festival on Thursday 25 June at William’s Green (11:30-11:50 Wilko Johnson Band, 12:00-12:20 Wilko & Julien Q&A, 12:20-14:10 The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson)
  • The Premiere in Aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust takes place on 7 July at Picturehouse Central, with after party and performance by Wilko at the 100 Club in London