Following the sold out screening launch and Q&A with John Lydon in London on Sunday 3 June, Public Image Ltd (PiL) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with producers Abramorama’s announcement of the first wave of The Public Image is Rotten documentary screening dates in UK cinemas.
The Public Image Is Rotten is a behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most influential and controvesial careers, showcasing John Lydon’s trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candour in all their glory.
John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL) in 1978 following the break-up of the Sex Pistols. Forty years later this ground-breaking and influential band is still going strong. The feature-length documentary charts the numerous personnel and stylistic changes, as John constantly fought to reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like Flea, The Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous 1981 New York Ritz Show).
Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, the new documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last year and then had its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival. The band are currently in the midst of a 36-date tour of UK/Europe and Japan while the film screens across UK cinemas. The band’s last tour was in 2016 and it was regarded by many as the best performances the band has ever played.
In 2015 the band released their 10th studio album What the World Needs now… which followed the huge critical success of 2012’s This is PiL, the band’s first album in 17 years. What The World Needs Now peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). What The World Needs Now… was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17-year hiatus, Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.
The Public Image Is Rotten will be screened in selected UK cinemas on the following dates:
27 June: Exeter, Picturehouse
4 July: London, Hackney Picturehouse
4 July: Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
4 July: Stratford, Picturehouse
6 July: Liverpool, Picturehouse @ Fact
9 July: Liverpool, Picturehouse @ Fact
19 July: London, Camden, Odeon
19 July: Norwich, Picturehouse, Cinema City
19 July: Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
19 July: Blackpool, Odeon
19 July: Kingston, Odeon
19 July: Southend, Odeon
19 July: Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Quay
19 July: Oxford, Odeon
9 August: Birmingham, Electric Cinema.
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