Film of the day: Filth


Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel, Filth rolls through the increasingly chaotic and rotten life of grimy, amphetamine and alcohol-fuelled anti-detective Bruce (James McAvoy).

Bruce is a schemer, a ruthless abuser of trust, a misogynist, a bigot, a drug addict, a criminal – in short, he epitomises the very meaning of the film’s title.

Filth is a pacy, disturbing picture in which McAvoy’s reality detaches as his psychosis and self-destructive actions bring violence and occasionally comic despair. There are clues to film’s denouement in the narration by Bruce, so keep your ears open … even if at times you’ll feel compelled to shut your eyes.

Filth – Tuesday 10.55pm on FilmFour.