After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), a groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times longer than his first one. He has kept the band alive ever since, through changes in band members and style, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity.
In director Tabbert Fiiller’s documentary The Public Image is Rotten, former and current band mates, as well as fellow icons like Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, add testimony to electrifying archival footage of the trailblazing punk pioneer at work (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers.
Friday, November 2 – 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7 – 7:30pm
“The Public Image Is Rotten rises to the top of rock documentary filmmaking with a refreshing sense of candid storytelling only made possible by the genuine frankness of its subjects.” – Chuck Foster, Den of Geek
“The Public Image Is Rotten is a documentary that serves its potential audience well.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Fiiller has a lot of material to juggle and does so admirably. It’s breathless at times, and never less than engaging. Better yet, Lydon’s increasingly baffling politics are kept well out of it.” – Andrew Winter, Film Inquiry