Mat Whitecross, UK, 2009.
Directed by: Mat Whitecross
Script: Paul Viragh
Producer: Damian Jones
Production company: DJ Films, Lipsync Productions, Prescience Film Fund, UK Film Council
Cinematography: Christopher Ross, Brian Tufano
Editing: Peter Christelis
Music: Chaz Jankel
Cast: Andy Serkis, Tom Hughes, Clifford Samuel, Joseph Kennedy
Running time: 115'
Ever since British singer and musician Ian Dury (1942–2000) had a hit with a song entitled ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll!’ these words have become a long-standing expression not just in the UK, but all over the world. Yet this song is not the only reason that Ian Dury is regarded as one of the most influential and original British singer/songwriters of the past thirty years; his music and his style made him a real trendsetter. He influenced bands like The Clash, The Pretenders and the Sex Pistols and also toured the USA with Elvis Costello and Lou Reed. The reasons why Ian Dury was to become one of the era’s wittiest and most idiosyncratic proponents are to be found in his biography, which is meticulously reconstructed in Mat Whitecross’s feature film. Ian Dury suffered a bout of polio as a child that nearly killed him. It was to leave him disabled and dependent on a walking stick. But his illness also helped him to develop at an early age the fighting spirit on which this ‘Spasticus Autisticus’, as he ironically dubbedhimself in one of his songs, was able to found his unique career …
Evening Standard British Film Awards – Best Actor
Mat Whitecross, born in Oxford in 1977, edited Michael Winterbottom’s '9 Songs' and was second unit director on Winterbottom’s 'Code 46'. He and Winterbottom co-directed 'The Road to Guantanamo' (winner of the Golden Bear in 2006) and 'The Shock Doctrine'. He has made several videos for Coldplay and a number of other bands. 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' marks his feature film debut.
Location and screening schedule:
Museum of contemporary art, Monday, October 18th at 20.30
Tuškanac cinema, Friday, October 22nd at 21.00