Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (film)

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a 2010 biographical film about English new wave musician Ian Dury, starring Andy Serkis as Dury. The film follows Dury's rise to fame and documents his personal battle with the disability caused by having contracted polio during childhood. The effect that his disability and his lifestyle have upon his relationships is also a focal point of the film.[1] The title of the film is derived from Dury's 1977 7" single, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll".

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMat Whitecross
Written byPaul Viragh
Produced byDamian Jones
Music byChaz Jankel
Distributed byEntertainment Film Distributors
Release date
  • 8 January 2010 (2010-01-08)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£2 million
Box office$1 million

Principal photography began on 29 April 2009 in Egham, Surrey[1] and theatre footage was shot 1–3 June at Watford Palace Theatre.





On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 73% based on reviews from 51 critics. The site's critical consensus state: "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll pays appropriately uninhibited tribute to a pioneering artist -- and proves Andy Serkis can be every bit as compelling in a non-motion-capture role."[2] On Metacritic it has a score of 57% based on reviews from 6 critics, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[3]


Award Category Nominee Result
British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Andy Serkis Nominated
British Academy Film Award Best Actor Andy Serkis Nominated
Music Chaz Jankel Nominated
Evening Standard Film Awards Best Actor Andy Serkis Won


  1. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (21 April 2009). "U.K. talent drawn to Sex & Drugs". Variety. Reed Elsevier. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2020.