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
Produced byDamian Jones
Written byPaul Viragh
Music byChaz Jankel
CinematographyChristopher Ross
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.



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.

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