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Filth (2013)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 36,590 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 3 October 2013 (Hungary)
  • Runtime: 97 min
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  • IMDb page: Filth (2013)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 36,590 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 3 October 2013 (Hungary)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $27,149 (USA) (13 June 2014)
  • Director: Jon S. Baird
  • Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Clint Mansell   
  • Soundtrack: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Murder | Phone Sex | Corrupt Cop | Fellatio | Raised Middle Finger

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)
  • Jon S. Baird  screenplay
  • Irvine Welsh  novel

Known Trivia

  • James McAvoy has the ability to vomit at will. The scene where Bruce is sick was real vomit. 226 of 228 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The alley scene after the Christmas party had no directions in the screenplay; it was just called ‘Shit Reservoir Dogs’. 35 of 35 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • One of the singers in the back of David Soul’s car during Silver Lady, is his daughter, actress China Soul. 16 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The closing cartoon credits include a mountain range which has been painted to look like a profile of James McAvoy’s face. 20 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • In the first draft of the car singing scene, the song was ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ by Foreigner. Irvine Welsh chose ‘Silver Lady’. 12 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Factual errors: While on holiday in Hamburg, Bladesey reads from his guidebook and tells Bruce that modern Germany has existed since 1865. German unification happened in 1871.

Plot: A corrupt cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through a bid to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Full summary »  »

Story: Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? Written byLionsgate UK


Synopsis: Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a Detective Sergeant in Edinburgh; a scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and "the games" his euphemism for the myriad foul plots he hatches directed at workmates. Robertson also delights in systematically bullying and taking advantage of his mild mannered friend Clifford Blades (Eddie Marsan), a member of Robertson’s masonic lodge whose wife he repeatedly prank calls and harasses as part of one of his elaborate ‘games’ (transgressions for which he ultimately frames Blades himself).

Robertson’s main goal in life is to gain promotion to Detective Inspector, the path to which appears to open when he is assigned to oversee the investigation into the murder of a Japanese student. He slowly loses his grip on reality as he works the case, however, suffering from a series of increasingly severe hallucinations. These hallucinations become worse as the film gets closer to the end and Bruce’s mental health begins to fade into a state of insanity. It is ultimately revealed through dream-like exchanges with his psychiatrist (Jim Broadbent) that he is on medication for bipolar disorder, and wracked with guilt over a tragic accident which led to the death of his younger brother at some point in his childhood. It also becomes clear that his wife had left him for another man some time prior to the film’s events and is denying him access to his daughter, developments which sparked his desperate bid for promotion, and also led him to start dressing as his wife when off duty in order to ‘keep her close to him’.

While wandering the streets on such an occasion, he is taken by the gang responsible for the murder (which it is revealed that he witnessed at the start of film, but could not report to his colleagues for fear of disclosing his transvestism and problems at home) and badly beaten. He manages however to kill the gang leader by throwing him out of a window, and is found by his colleagues. Robertson not merely misses out on the promotion as a result of the events, but is in fact demoted to Constable and is reassigned to uniform. The film closes with Clifford watching a tape of Robertson apologising that was left for him upon his release from jail. Robertson then prepares to commit suicide by hanging himself, but is interrupted by a woman and her son knocking on his front door. Robertson then breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience saying: "Same rules apply." and the chair slips from underneath him.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Mark Amin known as producer
  • Christian Angermayer known as producer
  • Jessica Ask known as co-producer
  • Guy Avshalom known as executive producer
  • Jon S. Baird known as producer
  • Christopher Billows known as associate producer
  • Tyler Boehm known as associate producer
  • Jane l Bruce known as executive producer
  • Charles E. Bush Jr. known as executive producer
  • Will Clarke known as producer
  • Rachel Dargavel known as associate producer
  • Mohammed Hans Dastmaltchi known as executive producer
  • Alexander Denk known as co-producer
  • Karin G. Dietrich known as executive producer
  • Ralph Dietrich known as executive producer
  • Ralph S. Dietrich known as executive producer
  • Alex Francis known as co-producer
  • Stephan Giger known as executive producer
  • Marc Hansell known as executive producer
  • Jon Harris known as executive producer
  • Steven Istock known as executive producer
  • Zygi Kamasa known as executive producer
  • Pierre Lorinet known as executive producer
  • Stephen Mao known as producer
  • Ken Marshall known as producer
  • James McAvoy known as producer
  • Benjamin Melkman known as executive producer
  • Jens Meurer known as producer
  • Yasin Qureshi known as executive producer
  • Celine Rattray known as producer
  • Benoit Roland known as co-producer
  • Trudie Styler known as producer
  • Jan-Pierre Valentini known as executive producer
  • Berry van Zwieten known as co-producer
  • Berry van Zwieten known as line producer
  • Irvine Welsh known as executive producer
  • Sean Wheelan known as co-producer
  • Jona Wirbeleit known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • James McAvoy known as Bruce
  • Jamie Bell known as Lennox
  • Eddie Marsan known as Bladesey
  • Imogen Poots known as Drummond
  • Brian McCardie known as Gillman
  • Emun Elliott known as Inglis
  • Gary Lewis known as Gus
  • John Sessions known as Toal
  • Shauna Macdonald known as Carole
  • Jim Broadbent known as Dr. Rossi
  • Joanne Froggatt known as Mary
  • Kate Dickie known as Chrissie
  • Martin Compston known as Gorman
  • Iain De Caestecker known as Ocky
  • Shirley Henderson known as Bunty
  • Joy McAvoy known as Estelle
  • Jordan Young known as Lexo
  • Pollyanna McIntosh known as Size Queen
  • Bobby Rainsbury known as Stephanie
  • Michael Moreland known as Tramp
  • Therese Bradley known as Madam Maisie
  • Zack Eisaku Niizato known as Japanese Student
  • Robin Laing known as Rent Boy
  • Franziska Altmeyer known as Hamburg Carole
  • Ron Donachie known as Hector
  • Tracy Ann Oberman known as Diana (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
  • Mitchell Mullen known as Bobby
  • Jake Wilson known as Little Davie
  • Luke McDonald known as Euan
  • Jodie Mccallum known as Dealer's Girlfriend
  • Chris Young known as Drunken Santa Claus
  • Jonathan Watson known as Uniformed Policeman
  • David Soul known as Punter
  • Chris Cameron known as Skanky Dealer
  • Colin Healy known as Colin
  • Lauren Maddox known as Posh Lady
  • Natasha O'Keeffe known as Anna
  • Chidi Chickwe known as Steven
  • Sanjeev Kohli known as Sunil
  • Neil D'Souza known as Anil
  • Vanda Dadras known as Air Stewardess
  • Jamie Wallace known as Obnoxious Son
  • Trudie Styler known as Madame R Zen Ficken
  • Megan Finn known as Stacey
  • Craig Garner known as Dwarf (uncredited)
  • Gregor Gillespie known as Naked Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Christian Kinell known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Maxwell Laird known as Dwarf (uncredited)
  • Lars-Peter Larsson known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Edwards Lewis known as Dwarf (uncredited)
  • Andrew Martin known as Dwarf (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Camilla Eriksson known as make-up and hair: dailies
  • Niamh Morrison known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Mikael Back known as carpenter
  • Mairi Claire Bowser known as art department runner
  • Ryan Clachrie known as art department assistant
  • Louise Drake known as prop buyer: Sweden
  • Jake Drummond known as carpenter
  • Jim Elliott known as standby props
  • Marianne Gallagher known as art department trainee
  • Rickard Grönvall known as painter
  • Dorte Herning known as painter
  • Lars Hult known as carpenter
  • Jörgen Häger known as carpenter
  • Klas Jansson known as construction coordinator
  • Sebastian Jansson known as carpenter
  • Sofie Kinngard known as painter
  • Rasmus Larsson known as carpenter
  • Brahma Lilja known as carpenter
  • Martin Liljegren known as painter
  • Eona McCallum known as prop buyer
  • Kyle McCallum known as petty cash buyer
  • Russell McGovern known as graphic designer
  • Zoe Wight known as standby art director
  • Frank Zandhoff known as carpenter
  • Ciara Mcavoy known as poster artist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Steel Mill Pictures
  • Logie Pictures
  • Altitude Film Entertainment
  • Egoli Tossell Film
  • Entre Chien et Loup
  • Film House Germany
  • Film i Väst (in co-production with)
  • Filmgate Films
  • Maven Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • Driven Scotland  transport supplier
  • European Film Bonds  completion guarantor
  • Eurowolf Pictures  thank you
  • Galaxy Studios  post-production facilities
  • Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers  legal services (as Gray Krauss Des Rochers)
  • Kodak  filmstock supplied by
  • Mollywood  funding
  • Oh So Small Productions  short & dwarf actors agency
  • Post Haste Sound  post-production sound services
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Scallywag Travel  travel agent
  • Scatena & Rosner Films  financial consulting
  • Studio Mao  special thanks


  • ADS Service (2013) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2013) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Magnolia Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Noble Entertainment (2013) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Parco Co. Ltd. (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • UPLINK Company (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2012) (Germany) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (all media)
  • Icon Entertainment International (2012) (Australia) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2012) (UK) (all media)
  • Midget Entertainment (2012) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2013) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Filmgate (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Anna Andersson known as visual effects
  • Håkan Blomdahl known as visual effects supervisor
  • Elin Kothe known as matte painter
  • Elin Kothe known as visual effects
  • Malin Leuchovius known as visual effects coordinator
  • Linus Lindbalk known as matte painter
  • Martin Malmqvist known as visual effects
  • Daniel Nielsen known as visual effects
  • Timo Närhi known as visual effects
  • Magnus Olsson known as visual effects
  • Daniel Reidler known as visual effects artist
  • Jonas Schmid known as digital colorist: rushes
  • Gustav Törnroth known as visual effects
  • Steven Worsley known as visual effects editor

MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language and some violence



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