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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

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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.

Director:

Mat Whitecross

Writer:

Paul Viragh
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Shakraj Soornack ... Norman Watt-Roy
Mackenzie Crook ... Russell Hardy
Olivia Williams ... Betty Dury
Sam Spruell ... Kilburns' Drummer
Julian Cox Julian Cox ... Kilburns' Bass
Nick Rowson Nick Rowson ... Kilburns' Guitar
Wesley Nelson Wesley Nelson ... Young Ian Dury
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ... Pub Landlord
Msimisi Dlamini Msimisi Dlamini ... Kilburns' Drums
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Storyline

Flamboyant entertainer Ian Dury, backed by the Blockheads, takes to the stage, explaining to his audience how, as a child, he contracted polio from a swimming pool and attended a special needs school where he was bullied, particularly by orderly Hargreaves, a fact which shaped his tough and frequently iconoclastic approach to life, culminating in his controversial contribution to the Year of the Disabled. From his early days with Kilburn and the High Roads, playing seedy pubs with no dressing rooms Ian moves onto chart success with the Blockheads, collaborating with musician Chaz Jankel. His private life is complicated as, separated from the tolerant Betty with whom he remains friends but refuses to divorce for many years, he lives with the much younger Denise along with his adored son Baxter, who will himself become a performer. Ian dies in 2000, having packed an enormous amount of living into a comparatively short life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The wild rock and roll journey of the legendary Ian Dury See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexo, drogas y rock'n roll See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£173,831 (United Kingdom), 10 January 2010, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed around Egham and Watford between April-June 2009. See more »

Goofs

When Baxter discards the Stretch Hulk birthday present from his Dad in the bin, you can clearly see that it is a standard action figure, and not a 'stretch' toy. See more »

Quotes

Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog...
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Crazy Credits

The first credits shown are of the major performers, done in the style of the opening credits - lots of colour and animation. See more »


Soundtracks

What a Waste
Written by Ian Dury and Rod Melvin
(c) Templemill Music Ltd (PRS)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
All Rights Reserved
Performed by Andy Serkis & The Blockheads
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Creative, imaginative, un-formulaic bio
29 April 2010 | by cinematic13See all my reviews

Blows the typical Hollywood bio-pics (RAY, WALK THE LINE, etc. etc.) right out of the water. A career-defining performance from Andy Serkis...his BAFTA nomination was more than well-deserved. He literally inhabits this physically and emotionally demanding role. The film does not sugar-coat the fact the Dury was a hard man to be around. Superbly edited as well, combining graphics, animation, varying film-stocks and angles, B&W, flashbacks, and fantasy sequences (ever see a band perform UNDER water?). While this might sound like a mish-mash, it certainly reflects those same artistic elements and chaos of the times. Yet the movie never loses it's narrative thru-line. A must-see, even more so for those who remember.


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