Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Mat Whitecross
Production: Lipsync Productions
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

but we didn't get any bookings.

Could you direct us

to the artistes' dressing rooms?

Oh, you are so gonna miss all of this.

When we've made our millions and

we're playing Hammersmith Odeon.. .

Why, don't they have three inches

of piss in the dressing rooms?

Nah, it's all shag pile carpets

and extraordinary acoustics.

# For he's a jolly good fellow

For he's a jolly good fellow.. . #

Oi. Did you hear the one

about the dyslexic pimp

who set up a warehouse?

Go on, my son!

# And so say all of us #


Is Dad coming?

Hey, what do you call a man

with paper trousers?


Hope you don't mind me

saying so, Russell,

but you are being

a rather miserable old cunt.

What do you think

we should spend our money on?

I don't know. Birthday presents?

Birthday hats? Birthday cards?

Hey, everyone!

Let's give him the bumps!

Let's give him the bumps!

Well, l'd just like to say

that you've been a monumentally

atrocious audience tonight,

apart from the faithful few

at the front, it's the worst gig.. .

Yes, a big hand for you lot.

lt's the worst gig we've ever played

since Sidcup Crematorium.

But we'd like to finish anyway

with a song called Blackmail Man.

- One! Two!

- One, two. One, two, three, four!

Three! Four!

# l'm an lrish cripple, a Scottish Jew

l'm the blackmail man

# A raspberry ripple, a buckle my shoe

l'm the blackmail man

# A silvery spoon,

a bubble and squeak

# l'm the blackmail man

# Well, l'm the blackmail man and

l know what you do, every one of you

# l'm the blackmail man

# You make me sick,

make me Tom and Dick

# Blackmail man, blackmail man

I wouldn't have booked 'em if I'd known.

What a load of shite.

Can't hold a tune.

Come on, Russell, get it right,

you doughnut.

- You're fucking shit! Get off!

- F*ck off!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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