This week Kernel Dara Shashou shared with you HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS and now she wants to get FILTHY with you and share her review (again) for FILTH. This is the epic ride with young Professor X, James McAvoy, into the seedy world of debauchery and depravity, it is right up there with all your favourite things peeps 🙂 ICON FILM is releasing FILTH on BLU RAY, DIGITAL and DVD on April 4th and because they are as awesome as we are have given us 3X copies to giveaway on BLU RAY. Suss Lady D’s fine review, originally from last November for the cinema release, and enter down below to win copies.

FILTH is rated R18+ rated (as such you must be 18yrs old to watch this film and enter the Salty Popcorn competition) and runs for 97 dirty minutes. Enjoy Lady D’s review below.


I distinctly remember watching the first trailer for Filth about 6 months ago (of course this must have been on the Salty Popcorn site – you can view it HERE), in it the trailer states that due to ratings it can only show one Filthy bit and you’d have to watch a full trailer on the website. Oh, and there’s a fart joke, and who doesn’t love a fart joke?

From the opening scenes this film pretty much smacks you in the face, in a good way.  In an interview James McEvoy states that they (and the production team is almost as long as the cast list) wanted to create a film that people are either going to completely love or completely hate. Lucky for you, dear reader, I am a lover of Filth (hopefully just the film Lady D :)).


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Filth is the film adaption of Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. It took 15 years from pen to screen, and man, have they done a superb job. Apparently it had passed through many hands including Harvey Weinstein but due to the dark nature of the film a lot of larger studios were too scared to touch it. The director, John S Baird and his team, got some European investors together and they made Filth. This is John S Baird’s second film, and Irvine Welsh gave him carte blanche to write the screenplay.

I tried to sum up the film but I think this description from Lionsgate is perfection.  I couldn’t explain it better myself so will quote them directly.

“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?Bruce Robertson is an extreme anti-hero.  From the outset of the film we know that he wants the get the promotion at work so he sets out to turn his workmates against each other through mind games and blatant harassment. He is also trying to solve a murder by any means possible (like attempting to get sexual favours from an underage girl). However, his most important goal is trying to get his wife and child back into his life and believes that by getting the promotion this will make it all possible. There are moments when Robertson shines through and you can almost see some humanity, but then he does something to make you change your mind.  You’re constantly trying to root for him but then as a viewer you are reminded how sick, cruel and twisted he actually his, a lot of this also manifests in bizarre hallucinations including people turning into weird animal heads.  The film does tend to get a little confusing and hectic with some of these hallucinations, but you just have to ride it through.”


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This is easily James McAvoy’s best role to date.  Hopefully he receives an Oscar nomination for this one.  He is completely transformed into a seedy, masochistic, sleazy and ugly man.  It’s sex, drugs and rock n roll at its best.  You want to look away at some scenes but just can’t, like a train wreck, you just have to keep watching.  Admittedly I felt a bit dirty and in need of a shower after watching Filth, so, I guess the film lives up to its namesake in more ways than one.

The supporting cast were also incredible.  Firstly we have Jim Broadbent playing the formidable Australian psychiatrist, Dr Rossi. He is in a lot of dream sequences, and each time you see him he becomes a lot more disfigured and twisted whilst trying to push more drugs into Robertson.  Then there is Bunty, wife of Robertson’s ‘best friend’ Bladesey (Eddie Marsan) who is on the receiving end of some fairly lascivious phone calls from a stalker.  it took me about half the movie to work out she was also “Moaning Myrtle” from Harry Potter.


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Robertson’s partner is Ray Lennox, played by Jamie Bell. They make an intimidating team when trying to solve the murder, and the way they ‘work’ the suspects to get information is not something I would ever want to experience. Nasty.

However, it’s Robertson’s wife Carole (Shauna MacDonald) who is a stand out, the movie opens with her strutting about in lingerie explaining about her husband and how he is going to get the promotion. She pops up throughout the film in this ‘dream sequence’ and as a narrational tool, not really becoming a real character until much later in the film and only for a moment.

Filth is not a film for the faint hearted, nor is it a first date film.  If you take someone to see this they may think you are a depraved sex monster.  This is film for those who enjoy the macabre and black comedy.  It’s anarchic, twisted and raw and refreshing to see someone pushing the envelope with filmmaking these days.  So many films are ‘safe’. Filth is by no means safe, nor does it apologise for not being so.


4 Pops


With special thanks to ICON FILMS to win one of the 3x copies of the BLU RAY of FILTH you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is the most debaucherous film of all time and why?  

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer haha – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at telling me you don’t have social media 

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent in the next 2 weeks. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.



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