A bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive period, until he finally meets his match… himself.
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?
McAvoy and Bell are joined by Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Emun Elliott, Martin Compston, and Kate Dickie, making for a very impressive ensemble.
Jon S. Baird (Cass) is directing from his own script, based, of course, on the original novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting).
Filth will be hitting Scottish cinemas a week early on 27th September, ahead of its wide UK release date on 4th October. Still no word yet on a US release date, but with any luck, it will be crossing the Atlantic shortly after. In the meantime, here’s your latest dose of Filth. Enjoy.