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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll -- Official selection of 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. A portrait of British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming a founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll --  	A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Andy Serkis ... Ian Dury

Tom Hughes ... Chaz Jankel

Clifford Samuel ... Charlie Charles
Joseph Kennedy ... Davey Payne

Arthur Darvill ... Mick Gallagher
James Jagger ... John Turnbull (as Jimmy Jagger)
Shakraj Soornack ... Norman Watt-Roy

Mackenzie Crook ... Russell Hardy

Olivia Williams ... Betty Dury

Sam Spruell ... Kilburns' Drummer
Julian Cox ... Kilburns' Bass
Nick Rowson ... Kilburns' Guitar
Wesley Nelson ... Young Ian Dury
Ross Boatman ... Pub Landlord
Msimisi Dlamini ... Kilburns' Drums

Bill Milner ... Baxter Dury
Sabrina Jones ... Kid at Birthday Party
Ruby Ashbourne Serkis ... Kid at Birthday Party
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis ... Kid at Birthday Party

Naomie Harris ... Denise Roudette

Charlotte Beaumont ... Jemima Dury

Ray Winstone ... Bill Dury

Toby Jones ... Hargreaves

Ralph Ineson ... The Sulphate Strangler
Marc Lambert-Clark ... Catshit Drummer
Georgina Edewor-Thorley ... Party Girl
Cassie Edewor-Thorley ... Party Girl
Ian Neil ... Photographer
Joe Siffleet ... Bully Boy

Andrew Knott ... Reporter
Giuseppe Circelli ... Fan

Luke Evans ... Clive Richards

Noel Clarke ... Desmond

Alan McKenna ... Policeman
Ferdy Roberts ... Teacher
Poppy Miller ... Carer
Hamish Thompson ... Child At Chailey
Cortez Nelson ... Young Boy 2

Michael Maloney ... Graham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Arends ... (uncredited)
Dom Arresthead ... Extra (uncredited)
Chloe Arrowsmith ... Girl in bed with The Blockheads Charley (uncredited)
Catherine Balavage ... Crazy Drug Girl (uncredited)
Jennifer Carswell ... Ruby (uncredited)

Kenton Hall ... Punk (uncredited)
Ellie Jeffreys ... Denise's Friend (uncredited)

Henry Leroy-Salta ... One Eyed Billy (uncredited)
David Lyddon ... Daemon (uncredited)
Stéphanie Montreux ... Mia (uncredited)

Celeste Octavia ... BILLY (uncredited)
Elisabeth Roberts ... Audience Member / Voice work (uncredited)
Karol Steele ... Stern Nurse (uncredited)
Nick Turner ... Barman (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mat Whitecross 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Viragh  written by

Produced by
Sarah Arnott .... co-producer
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Serena Cullen .... co-producer
Jon Diamond .... executive producer: Lipsync Productions
Michelle Eastwood .... co-producer: 104 films
Justin Edgar .... co-producer: 104 films
Peter Hampden .... executive producer: Lipsync Productions
Steve 'Harry' Harragan .... executive producer
Jane Hooks .... co-producer
Damian Jones .... producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Charlotte Knight .... co-producer
Norman Merry .... executive producer: Lipsync Productions
Ian Neil .... executive producer
Kevin Phelan .... executive producer: Lipsync Productions
Andy Serkis .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
Alex Usborne .... co-producer: 104 films
Paul Viragh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chaz Jankel 
Cinematography by
Christopher Ross 
Brian Tufano 
Film Editing by
Peter Christelis 
Casting by
Toby Whale 
Production Design by
Richard Bullock 
Art Direction by
Sophie Hervieu 
Set Decoration by
Alex Marden 
Costume Design by
Joanna Eatwell 
Makeup Department
Toyosu Ajikawo .... makeup trainee: dailies
Julie Atkins .... makeup trainee
Debbie Bates .... make-up artist: dailies
Camilla Beckett .... make-up artist: dailies
Suzanne Condon .... makeup trainee: dailies
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics technician
Kimberley East .... makeup trainee
Jacqueline Fowler .... make-up and hair designer
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects designer
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Florence May Carter .... make-up artist: dailies (as Florence Carter)
Debbie Moxey .... daily makeup artist
Karen O'Sullivan .... make-up artist: dailies
Vanessa Pendergrest .... makeup trainee: dailies
Heather Pitchford .... make-up artist: dailies
Demetris Robinson .... prosthetics technician
Simon Rose .... prosthetics technician
Helen Speyer .... hair supervisor
Helen Speyer .... makeup supervisor
Dana Spikins .... make-up artist: dailies
Zoey Stones .... hair stylist
Zoey Stones .... makeup artist
Xanthia White .... makeup artist: Mackenzie Crook
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Beth Timbrell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glen Carroll .... third assistant director: additional filming
Matt Carver .... first assistant director
Laura De Selincourt .... third assistant director
Lucy Egerton .... second assistant director
Mark Hedges .... additional first assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... additional second assistant director
Andrew Mannion .... crowd second assistant director
Art Department
Jess Alexander .... graphic designer
Rebecca Amissah .... art department assistant
Mark Bevan .... dressing props
Hannah Boyton .... charge hand painter
Matt French .... standby props
Lois Gabrin .... set dec assistant
Neil Griffiths .... dressing props
Vicky Hurley .... art department assistant
Robert Judd .... stand-by props
Lisette Lawrie .... art department trainee
Robert Leek .... set dresser
Clare Little .... stand-by art director: second unit
Toby Marrow .... property master
Martha Parker .... art department trainee
Rose Pomeroy .... scenic artist
Daisy Popham .... art department trainee
Stuart Silver .... dressings props
Kathryn Williams .... set dresser
Tony Boffey .... props: dailies (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nick Baldock .... sound effects editor
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Tim Barker .... sound recordist
Ben Brazier .... foley editor
Robert Brazier .... foley mixer
Grant Bridgeman .... sound maintenance
Rachel Carberry .... assistant adr recordist
Ben Carr .... adr recordist
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Feinberg .... sound effects editor
Sean Hannah .... dialogue and adr editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Rob Hughes .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Tat .... dialogue editor
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Alan MacFeely .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Reynolds .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... digital lab operator
Lee Clappison .... digital colourist
James Clarke .... DI supervisor
Flat-e .... animation and visual effects
Marc Knapton .... visual effects supervisor
Konstantinos Koutsoliotas .... visual effects artist
Gus Martinez .... visual effects
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior digital lab operator
Abbi Collins .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Armstrong .... key grip: second unit
Tim Battersby .... first assistant camera: 'a' camera
Theo Berman .... clapper loader
Freddie Bonfanti .... sparks: dailies (as Federico Bonfanti)
Luke Cairns .... additional second assistant camera
Ruben Cardol .... lighting technician
Josh Close .... grip
Philippe Cointepas .... focus puller: dailies
Alex Coverley .... key grip
Brian Fawcett .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Fitzpatrick .... rigger
John Hembrough .... steadicam operator
Fredericka Lathbridge .... camera trainee
Dash Lilley .... central loader
Scott Macbeth .... video tape operator
Amanda Maister .... lighting trainee
Joe McNally .... jimmy jib operator
David Palmieri .... electrician: dailies
James Perry .... second assistant camera
Duncan Riedl .... genny operator
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
Basil Smith .... bolex camera operator
Basil Smith .... camera operator
Chris Stones .... electrician
Julian White .... gaffer
Charlie Chambers .... dv camera operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Flat-e .... animator
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Anna Cooper .... casting assistant
Johnny Lynch .... extras casting
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Fanthorpe .... stand-by costume
Joanna Macklin .... costume supervisor
Steve O'Sullivan .... costume assistant
Clare Vyse .... costume daily
Editorial Department
Simon J. Brooks .... assistant editor
Lee Clappison .... digital colourist
Scott Goulding .... on-line film editor
Lisa Jordan .... Senior Post Producer: Lipsync Post
Immanuel von Bennigsen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gilad Atzmon .... musician
Christoph Bauschinger .... music editor
Andy Brown .... conductor
Andy Brown .... orchestra contractor
Jessica Dannheisser .... orchestrator
Arthur Darvill .... live recordings performed by
Arthur Darvill .... musician
Ilan Eshkeri .... music producer
Steve Fishwick .... musician
Mickey Gallagher .... musician (recorded songs) (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Chris Hill .... musician
Dylan Howe .... musician
Tom Hughes .... live recordings performed by
Tom Hughes .... musician
James Jagger .... live recordings performed by
James Jagger .... musician
Chaz Jankel .... musician (recorded songs) (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Joseph Kennedy .... live recordings performed by
Joseph Kennedy .... musician
Elisa Kustow .... score production coordinator
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... orchestra
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Des Morgan .... musician
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Davey Payne .... musician (recorded songs) (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Emre Ramazanoglu .... music mixer
Clifford Samuel .... live recordings performed by
Clifford Samuel .... musician
Andy Serkis .... musician (recorded songs) (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Andy Serkis .... musician
Shakraj Soornack .... live recordings performed by
Shakraj Soornack .... musician
Johnny Turnbull .... recorded songs (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Norman Watt-Roy .... musician (recorded songs) (as Andy Serkis and The Blockheads)
Transportation Department
James Cotton .... unit driver
Oliver Dempster .... unit driver
Neil Gregory .... unit driver
Simon Jones .... transportation captain
Other crew
Christopher Abreu .... location assistant
Monika Agorelius .... electronic press kit
Joshua Benedetti .... location assistant
Mark Birmingham .... production accountant
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Isabel Chick .... production accountant: Presciene
Jon Clifford .... technical director: santx
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Rachel Dargavel .... production coordinator
Georgina Edewor-Thorley .... assistant to the producer
Christiaan Faberij de Jonge .... production assistant
James Greenslade .... production legal
Clare Hardwick .... business affairs
Vinnie Jassal .... location manager
David Johnstone .... insurance services: Media Insurance Brokers
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Yuen-Wai Liu .... assistant coordinator
Al Mackay .... location manager (as Alastair Mackay)
Helene Oosthuizen .... script supervisor
David Proud .... trainee
Tanya Ruby .... assistant accountant
Zoe Sailsman-Asghar .... assistant to the producer (as Zoe Sailsman)
David Tanner .... safety diver
Keiran Mahon .... additional floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Kirk Douglas .... very special thanks (as Mr Kirk Douglas)
Albert Dury .... very special thanks
Baxter Dury .... very special thanks
Bill Dury .... very special thanks (as Bill)
Jemima Dury .... very special thanks
Sophy Dury .... very special thanks
Ruta Gedmintas .... very special thanks
Russell Hardy .... very special thanks
Chaz Jankel .... very special thanks
Davey Payne .... very special thanks
Clive Richards .... very special thanks
Denise Roudette .... very special thanks

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115 min
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Filmed around Egham and Watford between April-June 2009.See more »
Anachronisms: In the Kilburns' pub gig towards the start of the film (in the early 70s), the drummer is playing Sabian cymbals (a Sabian logo is clearly visible when the audience start throwing toilet rolls). The Sabian cymbal company didn't exist until 1981.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not a waste, 16 October 2011
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Ian Dury's span of popular success in the UK only lasted a few years and I can't say I was over-familiar with either his work (bar the early hit singles and albums) but this film belied my fear that perhaps there wasn't much of a story to tell. In fact, it probably over- compensates by adopting a non-linear narrative approach as well as some arty- farty jump-cuts and tricksy animation sequences to inject a knockabout feel to proceedings.

This is again a somewhat contrived and forced contrast to the bathetic scenes of Dury's growing up as a young boy, abandoned by his father, bullying at school by his class- mates and one particular teacher, his adult predilection for treating his womenfolk very badly indeed and finally the difficult relationship with his own son Baxter, who has since become a recognised musician in his own right.

I felt the scenes with the two women in his life, his wife and mistress Denise a bit overwrought and overwritten, their dialogue too forced and you're always expecting a pearl of wit or wisdom from Dury when real life just doesn't work that way, even with clever bastard word-smiths like him. It's like expecting Shakespeare to curse and moan in rhyming couplets if he was having an argument - my point is we know that Ian Dury had a way with words but not every minute of the day.

All that said, the film rattled along and certainly did the man's musical legacy proud. I thought a bit more could have been done to play up the importance of Chaz Jankel and his nifty tune-spinning - certainly Dury was a lot less successful when writing to someone else's melodies. Andy Serkus is great in the Dury role, he looks and talks the part very well, acts his disability imperceptibly and keeps up the characterisation right into the songs, of which many are aired.

For some reason the film misses out about the last 15 years of his life and we don't even get to know how he died, although the director may claim that the film was a celebration of his life and won't be the last bio-pic to fast forward past the more mundane parts of an artist's life. For that reason, the first half of the film as he struggles for success is better than the inevitable rock-star excess second half, where Dury's persona becomes a bit blurred.

All told though, I quite enjoyed it but regret somewhat that the director felt the need to jazz up his subject's life in a way that I'm not sure a no-bullshit guy like Dury would altogether appreciate.

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