Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (film)

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This article is about the film. For the Ian Dury song, see Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. For other uses, see Sex and drugs and rock and roll.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mat Whitecross
Produced by Damian Jones
Written by Paul Viragh
Music by Chaz Jankel
Cinematography Christopher Ross
Release dates
  • 8 January 2010 (2010-01-08)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a 2010 biographical film about English new wave musician Ian Dury (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000), 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".

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



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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