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The Filth and the Fury is a 2000 British rockumentary film directed by Julien Temple. It focuses on the story of the punk rock pioneers Sex Pistols, and is considered a continuation of Temple's first documentary centered on the band, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.

The Filth and the Fury
British DVD cover
Directed byJulien Temple
Produced byAnita Camarata
Amanda Temple
Written byJulien Temple
Music bySex Pistols
CinematographyJulien Temple
Edited byNiven Howie
Film Four
Jersey Shore
Nitrate Film
Panacea Entertainment
The Sex Pistols Residuals
Distributed byFilm Four
Fine Line Features
United King Films
Release date
  • 25 January 2000 (2000-01-25) (Sundance)
  • 12 May 2000 (2000-05-12) (UK)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



The Filth and the Fury is the second movie Julien Temple made about The Sex Pistols. His first effort was The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, which was released in British cinemas on 15 May 1980. This earlier effort was heavily criticised for being too skewed towards the Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren's version of events about the band.[citation needed] The Filth and the Fury tells the story from the viewpoint of the band members themselves (albeit in silhouette during their contemporary interviews).

The title of the film is a reference to a headline that appeared in the British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror on 2 December 1976 after an interview on ITV's Today presented by Bill Grundy. The title of The Daily Mirror article was itself inspired by William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury which was in turn taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Temple's documentary charts the rise, decline and fall of the Sex Pistols from their humble beginnings in London's Shepherd's Bush to their disintegration at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Temple puts the band into historical context with Britain's social situation in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. This film was seen in some ways as an opportunity for the Pistols to tell their side of the story, mostly through interviews with the surviving members of the group, footage shot during the era, and outtakes from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.


The soundtrack to the film was released in 2002. The two-disc set contains songs by the Sex Pistols as well as music from other artists that was used in the film.

Disc one
  1. "God Save the Queen (Symphony)"
  2. "Shang-A-Lang" – Bay City Rollers
  3. "Pictures of Lily" – The Who
  4. "Virginia Plain" – Roxy Music
  5. "School's Out" – Alice Cooper
  6. "Skinhead Moonstomp" – Symarip
  7. "Glass of Champagne" – Sailor
  8. "Through My Eyes" – The Creation
  9. "The Jean Genie" – David Bowie
  10. "I'm Eighteen" – Alice Cooper
  11. "Submission"
  12. "Don't Gimme No Lip Child"
  13. "What'cha Gonna Do About It"
  14. "Road Runner"
  15. "Substitute"
  16. "Seventeen"
Disc two
  1. "Anarchy in the UK"
  2. "Pretty Vacant"
  3. "Did You No Wrong"
  4. "Liar"
  5. "EMI"
  6. "No Feelings"
  7. "I Wanna Be Me"
  8. "Way Over (In Dub)" – Tapper Zukie
  9. "Looking for a Kiss" – New York Dolls
  10. "Holidays in the Sun"
  11. "No Fun"

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