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ENCOUNTERS

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

Directed by Mat Whitecross
FEATURE NARRATIVE 115 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

The man who played Gollum and King Kong is now transforming into an equally volatile creature: punk rocker and new wave artist Ian Dury. BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis plays The Blockheads frontman like the circus ringmaster at a carnival of dysfunction (known to the rest of us as the '70s and '80s). This unconventional biopic follows Dury from the days before Catshit Mansions through his rise to quantifiable success. Somewhere along the way, we're introduced to a different Dury: a man whose tenacity allowed him to overcome the debilitating effects of a botched childhood and polio, and who challenged those closest to him to have the same strength of character. He may have been a sonuvabitch, but he gave as much love as he gave grief.

Director Mat Whitecross expertly structures the film as if it were one of Dury's songs, with vivid vignettes and a new wave tempo, while pop artist Peter Blake lends his trademark aesthetic. The story of an artist by an artist, sex & drugs & rock & roll will do more than give you reasons to be cheerful.

Drama, Music
About the Director(s)
Mat Whitecross was nominated for a BAFTA along with Michael Winterbottom for The Road To Guantanamo, which won the Silver Bear at Berlin, a European Film Award nomination, and the best documentary prize at the Independent Spirit Awards. His last film was the doc The Shock Doctrine (with Winterbottom).

Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    115 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Peter Christellis
  • Director of Photography:
    Christopher Ross (and Brian Tufano BSC)
  • Composer:
    Chaz Jankel
  • Screenwriter:
    Paul Viragh
  • Primary Cast:
    Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Olivia Williams, Bill Milner, Toby Jones, Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke, Mackenzie Crook, Ray Winstone, Wesley Nelson
  • Production Designer:
    Richard Bullock
  • Producer:
    Damian Jones
  • Director:
    Mat Whitecross

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