Chris Martin enjoyed some 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' in the week, as he was pictured attending the premiere of the new film by director Mat Whitecross in Islington, central London. Whitecross is better known in Coldplay circles for directing the videos for Bigger Stronger, Violet Hill (Dancing Politicians), Lost!, Lost+ and Lovers In Japan. Here's how the Sun reported the screening:
Andy Serkis turns in an awe-inspiring performance as Ian Dury in new biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, out today. I was treated to a sneak preview along with Dury's ex-wife and kids, which meant there were lots of tears and laughter during the screening.
Sitting behind me at the Screen On The Green cinema in Islington, North London, was Coldplay's Chris Martin. He was college pals with the director Mat Whitecross, who has directed many of the band's videos...
The film is a moving tribute to Dury, who caught polio as a lad. It left him paralysed and forced him to wear leg braces. He went on to form The Blockheads and write classics such as Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3. The film does not flinch from showing Dury's less pleasant side. He was notoriously rude and foul-mouthed and horrible to bandmates and family. But Ian's musical talent, humour and big heart overshadow his less savoury side. Serkis, best-known for playing Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings, captures his mannerisms perfectly. The killer line is when his son comes home from school after being taunted for being "posh". Ian fumes: "We're not posh. We're arts and crafts."
My only criticism is the film juggles time all over the place and sometimes it throws you. But it's worth seeing for Andy's performance - and to hear the tunes loud.