SEX PISTOLS STEVE JONES and PAUL COOK were joined by Robbie Williams, Basement Jaxx, BOY GEORGE, EDWYN COLLINS, SAFFRON from REPUBLICA and actor RAY WINSTONE at the premiere of the SEX PISTOLS documentary ‘THE FILTH AND THE FURY’ in London last night (May 2).
The film, directed by Julien Temple, is an in-depth look at the birth, life and disintegration of the Sex Pistols, using previously unseen footage collected by Temple during the course of the band’s time together. It is cut with interviews with Cook, Jones, Glen Matlock and Johnny Rotten. An interview Temple conducted with Sid Vicious while the bassist sat in a deckchair in Hyde Park, shortly before his death due to a heroin overdose in early 1979, is also extensively used.
It is Temple‘s second Sex Pistols film following 1980’s ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle’.
During a brief introduction to the film, the director joked that he had to be “mad to make one film about the band. To do it twice is really insanity.”
He went on: “Watching them play live was like standing on a landmine. You felt anything could happen, anything was possible. There’s a story that had to be told – in their words.”
Although punk excess was at a minimum at the Screen on The Green cinema in Islington – where the Pistols performed a landmark show on August 29 1976, supported by The Clash and The Buzzcocks – Steve Jones allegedly evoked old times by standing at a first floor window and urinating onto the street. A spokesperson for the film’s production company could neither confirm nor deny the rumour.
When Robbie Williams was asked by nme.com to name his favourite Sex Pistols song he quipped:”‘Back for Good’ – but I believe the Bee Gees wrote that one.”
See this week’s issue of NME, cover dated May 6, to see our feature where Julien Temple talks exclusively about The Filth And The Fury – and reveals that, contrary to established belief, Sid Vicious may have committed suicide.