Ian Dury at the BFI

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Ian Dury documentary made by filmmaker Franco Rosso for CH4 (1983).
FREE to watch and part of the BFIs excellent
Disabled Britain on Film collection.



“Ian Dury, lead singer of the Blockheads, talks about how becoming disabled has affected his life and music. This documentary – featuring a mix of performances, interviews and fly-on-the-wall footage – explores the strong links between his life and song writing. Dury explains the thinking behind the provocative single ‘Spasticus Autisticus’, his critical response to the first “International Year of the Disabled”.

This documentary, produced for Channel Four, was directed by Franco Rosso, who studied at The Royal College of Art alongside Ian Dury. Rosso had previously made the feature film Babylon (1980).” BFI