Julien Temple is a well-regarded film director, screenwriter, and producer famous for his musical-oriented feature films and inspiring documentaries. Having first earned critical acclaim with his 1980 rockumentary movie The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, he also has done fictional features like Earth Girls Are Easy and Bullet. With a career that has seen many ups and downs, Julien has managed to subvert many expectations and make a great career in over half a century of joyous musical storytelling.
Temple has been a familiar face in the music industry for ages and has not backed down from creating music videos even now. From working with The Sex Pistols to other well-renowned artists, he has directed epic videos that could match the theme of the songs. So, in this biography, let's learn more about how Julien has been able to sustain his career with a well-balanced personal life.
Father Was A Communist
Julien was born on November 26, 1953, to British parents Landon Temple and Barbara J Temple in Kensington, London. Julien Temple's father was involved in politics as he ran a travel agency specializing in communist countries. Landon was also a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB).
Julien Temple's father was involved in politics, however, he did not follow the same route. Image Source: Social Media.
Likewise, Julien Temple's young sister, Nina Temple, followed in their dad's footsteps. She was the last secretary of the CPGB prior to its disbanding in 1991. Nina also contributed to founding the party's legal successor Democratic Left. Unlike his sibling and father, Julien wasn't interested in politics and vowed to never become a communist.
Regarding his education, Temple initially attended the St Marylebone Grammar School but was expelled. He later studied at the William Ellis School and King's College in Cambridge. He did not have much interest in movies growing up and only became intrigued after discovering the works of French anarchist director Jean Vigo. Also, during his time at King's, Julien majored in architecture and history.
Julien Temple Net Worth And Career
The director made his first film, a short documentary Sex Pistols Number 1, showcasing the band's rise from 1976. He got extra recognition for directing the mockumentary The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, followed by other projects of a variety of genres. With all the projects he has been a part of, Julien must have amassed a significant amount of wealth. Hence, Julien Temple's net worth must be massive.
Following the aforementioned documentaries, Temple then directed The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in 1982, earning him a massive success, which was soon joined by musical and adventure films Absolute Beginners in 1986 and Running Out Of Luck a year later. He also went on to make a musical science fiction movie, Earth Girls Are Easy, in 1988, and the concert film Stones at the Max in 1991.
Moreover, the filmmaker also made the crime drama film Bullet in 1996, followed by The Filth and the Fury and Glastonbury in 2000 and 2006, respectively. The late 2000s proved to be quite successful for him as he made back-to-back documentaries, namely Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten in 2007 and The Sex Pistols: There'll Always be an England and The Eternity Man in 2008.
Aside from that, Julien has made many music videos featuring top performers such as Neil Young, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, and Sir James Paul McCartney, among others. His most popular directed song includes God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols, She's Got Claws by Gary Numan, Poison Arrow by ABC, Too Much Blood, and Undercover of the Night by The Rolling Stones.
Hence, with the production of masterpieces. whether it be music videos or documentaries, Julien has left a stamp in the entertainment world. He has been a focal point on how to balance different aspects of movie making and enjoyed massive fame. As the average salary of a music video director is estimated to be $40,809 per year, and a movie director is $72,116, Julien must be earning considerably. Thus, Julien Temple's net worth must be immense.
Another music personality with notable income is Billy Lockett.
Married For 36 Years
Not just a successful career, Julien has enjoyed a happy and long marital life as well. The director tied the knot with his beautiful partner Amanda Pirie Temple in June 1986. Julien Temple's wife is a producer and has worked on several of his projects.
Julien Temple is married to his producer wife and they have worked together in various projects. Image Source: Juno Temple Instagram.
Amanda is quite an accomplished filmmaker in her own rights as she has ten production credits as of now. Julien Temple's spouse also worked as a production manager in Glastonbury. She has been nominated for a couple of awards as well for her involvement in the 2012 documentary 'London: The Modern Babylon."
Though the lovebirds seem to prefer to stay away from the media, we don't doubt that they must be doing well. The pair are likely supportive of each other's careers, which might be the reason behind their over thirty years of marital bliss. Let's hope they can be happy together for many years to come.
Daughter Is A Famous Actress
The Temple couple has welcomed three children together. Their eldest child is the famous actress Juno Temple, who has featured in some of the best movies and TV shows in recent years. Julien Temple's daughter was born on July 21, 1989, and is already a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for the 2022 Emmy Awards for Ted Lasso.
Julien Temple's little girl has also worked in movies like Maleficient with Angelina Jolie, The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale, and Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, among others. She started as a child actress at the age of eight in Vigo: Passion for Life and later played in her father's film Pandaemonium. Juno Temple's net worth after all her success is estimated to be $1 million.
Likewise, Julien Temple's two sons are Felix Temple and Leo Temple. Leo came into this world in 1993, while the youngest child Felix was born in 2000. Leo has also acted in a few movies. Also, Juno Temple's father and mother must have helped her and her siblings a lot and must be incredibly proud of them.
All in all, the music video director has built an impressive resume, with over 150 directing credits. He has also served as a writer and producer, which further shows his versatility. Let's hope he can keep doing what he does and continue achieving success.
Trivia And Facts
- Juno Temple's father is famous for long, unbroken, Steadicam-shot sequences.
- Michael Jackson and his family were Julien's fans.