The always outspoken John Lydon is headed to movie theaters with his documentary "The Public Image Is Rotten." Abramorama has global rights to the film, which will first be released in London on June 3 and then in other U.K. cities throughout June and July. The film, which will be rolling out in select theaters worldwide, is expected to arrive in U.S. and Canadian cinemas sometime this fall.
"The Public Image Is Rotten" chronicles Lydon's journey as the leader of Public Image Ltd. (PiL), the band he formed in 1978, after the Sex Pistols disbanded. When Lydon was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, he was known as Johnny Rotten. PiL, which has gone through various lineup changes, went on hiatus in 1993, and then reunited in 2009.
Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, "The Public Image Is Rotten" includes interviews with Lydon, his former and current bandmates, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea, Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, Moby, Ginger Baker and Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore. According to an announcement about the film's release, Lydon will make an appearance at the Odeon Camden Town cineplex in London to do a Q&A on June 3, when the film opens there.
"The Public Image Is Rotten" had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. In a review of the film, Owen Glieberman ofVariety said the movie is a "solidly made niche documentary." John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter described the movie as "a serviceable introduction for those with a passing knowledge of the band or none at all."
PiL is doing "The Public Image Is Rotten" world tour, which begins May 30 at the O2 Academy in Bristol, England. The announced dates so far are in Europe and Japan through Sept. 1. The band plans to do more tour dates in the fall of 2018, and those tour dates are to be announced.