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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Pistols stars attend premiere
Paul Cook, Robbie Williams and Steve Jones
No angel: Robbie Williams with Pistols Cook and Jones
Sex Pistols stars Paul Cook and Steve Jones were in London on Tuesday for the premiere of a documentary film about the notorious band.

The pair turned up at Islington's Screen on the Green cinema to give their verdict on Julien Temple's The Filth and the Fury.

They were joined by modern-day pop superstar Robbie Williams, who was just two-years-old when the Sex Pistols played their first gig.

The film - released in the UK on 12 May - follows the glory days of the band and the explosion of the punk movement.

Glen Matlock and Johnny Rotten
Missing: Sex Pistols founder members Glen Matlock and Johnny Rotten

Much of the footage has never been seen before and includes excerpts from live performances, rehearsals and recording sessions.

It was made with the co-operation of all the founder members of the Sex Pistols, although singer Johnny Rotten and bass player Glen Matlock did not attend the screening.

Temple spent a lot of time with the Pistols in the mid to late 1970s and the film is as much about the depressed mood in Britain at the time as the band.

In one scene, footage of them playing God Save The Queen, which sparked outrage back then, is intercut with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Whenever the modern-day Pistols are seen giving their account of how things were, they appear in silhouette - as if Temple wants to preserve the memory of how they were.

They talk of the disdain that was felt for them by many and how they were banned from playing in most venues in the UK.

Temple also includes an interview with Sid Vicious shortly before his death in 1979.


Vicious, who replaced Matlock in the band, was just 21 when he died from a heroin overdose while on bail for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

In the film, Rotten - now known by his real name, John Lydon - says of his tragic colleague: "I could take on England, but I couldn't take on one heroin addict."

Malcolm McLaren
Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Temple was also responsible for the 1979 Sex Pistols movie The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle, which Rotten refused to appear in.

Again documentary-based, it saw the band's manager and mentor Malcolm McLaren take the lead role, with appearances from the likes of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.

The Filth and the Fury has already received better reviews than its predecessor and is billed as a candid portrait of the Sex Pistols.

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