THE FILTH AND THE FURY
Filth in Need of Faith
Release Date: March 29, 2000
Starring: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John
Lydon, Glen Matlock, & Sid
Vicious (archived footage)
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Fine Line Features
Director: Julien Temple
Executive Producer: Eric Gardner & Jonathan
Producer: Anita Camarata & Amanda Temple
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Fine Line Features
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This roughly depicted documentary begins with footage from 1970s postwar London, where social chaos has erupted. It is from this, one band member explains, that the band The Sex Pistols was formed. The band talks of how Parliament had done nothing for the working class, and some describe the personal implications of the time. Lead Singer Johnny Rotten tells how he was a very shy kid, and after contracting meningitis, was in a coma for an entire year, his mother having to teach him how to read again.
Besides Johnny, the other band members Paul Cook and Glen Matlock were still learning to play bass and drums, but stuck with it. As the band became more uniform, they asked their friend, Malcolm McLaren, to be their manager. The band became popular locally, and kept growing. Eventually, the band replaced Glen with a loyal fan of The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, and fame, drugs and bad management put an end to the band.
THE FILTH AND THE FURY depicts the ill sentiments of each band member by interviewing them individually, with only a silhouette seen by the audience. Each one tells their side of the story, with extended interview footage of deceased band member Sid Vicious. Their frustrations include a backstabbing manager, problems from another member’s heavy drug use, the blacklisting of the band in 1977, the British government, America, and more. These stories are told with footage ranging from sadomasochistic themes to raw concert footage.
The honesty with which the story is told is raw, and often dismal at times. Close to the band’s breakup, Sid Vicious was the prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, who was also his supplier. Not long after, he died of a drug overdose, revealing the lack of hope surrounding each member. It is often difficult to understand why some turn away and even mock the very One who can bring them out of such mire. THE FILTH AND THE FURY is not only sad, but is laden with extreme foul language, sexual references and other objectionable elements.
The honesty with which this story is told is raw and even dismal at times. Close to the band’s breakup, Sid Vicious was the prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend. Not long after, he died of a drug overdose, revealing the lack of hope surrounding each member. It is often difficult to understand why some turn away and even mock the very One who can bring them out of the mire. THE FILTH AND THE FURY is not only sad, but is laden with extreme foul language, sexual references and many other objectionable elements