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SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Olivia Williams, Ray Winstone, Bill Milner, Toby Jones, Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke, Mackenzie Crook, Wesley Nelson, Andrew Knott, Luke Evans, Chris Wilson, Ralph Ineson
Director: Mat Whitecross
UK: 115 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains very strong language, strong sex and drug use
UK Release Date: 8 January 2010
SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL tells the story of Ian Dury (Andy Serkis), lead singer of the Blockheads who, severely disabled by polio as a boy, defied the odds to become one of Britain's most original and influential singer-songwriters. Artist, actor, the Godfather of punk, husband, lover and errant father, Ian Dury was the man who put the phrase "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" into the English language.
Bill Milner plays Ian's son Baxter with Olivia Williams as his first wife Betty, Naomie Harris plays Ian's on-off girlfriend Denise and Tom Hughes plays Chaz Jankel, Ian's songwriting partner in the Blockheads. The cast is rounded out by Toby Jones as Hargreaves, the young Ian's tyrant schoolmaster, Noel Clarke as sound engineer Desmond, Mackenzie Crook as Russell, Ian's bandmate in the 'Kilburn & the High Roads' and Ray Winstone as Ian's dad Bill.
Wesley Nelson plays the young Ian Dury. Wesley, a young Cardiff based actor with a raft of television credits has cerebral palsy.
SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL is directed by Mat Whitecross (ROAD TO GUANTANAMO) and produced by Damian Jones (THE HISTORY BOYS, ADULTHOOD). It is actor Paul Viragh's first screenplay. Chaz Jankel of the Blockheads composed the score.
27 March 2010 sees the 10th anniversary of Ian Dury's death.