When the decade started with the release of “24 Hour party people” we saw a great film about the popular music in Manchester but since then there has not been too much to think about until now. Enter the movie Sex and Drugs, and Rock and Roll and we are back on track and away from the mundane and sanitized biopics that seem to overanalyse our Godlike rock stars.
Sex and Drugs, and Rock and Roll is directed by Mat Whitecross, the famed director of ‘Road to Guantanamo’, and tackles the life of Ian Dury. The film focuses on the rocker, who can be called gobshite and a proto-punk, and his rise and fall.
The movie is a combination of colours galore, clattering noise, absolutely foul language, and adverse imagery. Yes it contain everything its titles seems to suggest and plenty more. The movie is a no holds barred expose and hides very little about the rocker. So Dury is shown to be a lyrical genius, who is disreputable, dishonest, verbally abusive, and fascinating especially with regards to his exploration of his past. He informs us all about said past but offers up no real explanations concerning is current life and music.
Dury is played by Andy Serkis in the movie and his former spouse ‘Betty’ by Olivia Williams. The movie follows Dury and his stepping away from Kilburn And The High Roads, his old band and also his split from Betty and also his taking up with teenager Denise played by Naomie Harris. It shows how Dury tries to mix family life with the fame, alcoholism, and his own selfishness.
There is no sugar-coating any of Dury’s problems and his good sides. This helps to make this move authentic and intriguing.
So watch out for the poster about this movie, who knows you may even see them in the Bristol Airport parking area among others.