Filth and Wisdom (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Filth and Wisdom (2008)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 1,535 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance
  • Release Date: 17 September 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: UK:81 min (PAL Version)
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Budget: £1,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $22,406(USA)(23 November 2008)
  • Director: Madonna
  • Stars: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston and Vicky McClure
  • Soundtrack: Duy-Duy
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Gypsy | Partial Female Nudity | Nightclub | Russian Immigrant | Lap Dancing

Writing Credits By:

  • Madonna (written by) &
  • Dan Cadan (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: In the scene where Juliette is talking to A.K and is angry at him she is wearing suspenders. However, when the camera pans to the back of her head her suspenders are not visible.

    Plot: A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London. Full summary » |  »

    Story: In London, A.K. is a Ukrainian Gypsy, seeking fame as a rocker, doing odd jobs: he's a dom, drives a hack, and runs errands for his neighbor, a poet full of self pity since going blind. A.K's flatmates are Holly, a ballerina who becomes a reluctant stripper in need of coaching, and Juliette, a pill-popping assistant at a pharmacy run by an Indian tired of his marriage. Juliette, estranged from her family, dreams of helping the poor children of Africa; A.K. has a crush on Holly; Juliette's boss lusts after her. Her hapless sister calls from time to time. The poet despairs. Is there a route from filth to wisdom for these souls? Can they find fun and fulfillment? A.K. provides philosophical comment.Written by <>  

    {tab=FullCast & Crew}

    Produced By:

    • Angela Becker known as associate producer
    • Nicola Doring known as producer
    • Madonna known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Eugene Hutz known as A.K.
    • Holly Weston known as Holly
    • Vicky McClure known as Juliette
    • Richard E. Grant known as Professor Flynn
    • Inder Manocha known as Sardeep
    • Elliot Levey known as Business Man
    • Francesca Kingdon known as Francine
    • Clare Wilkie known as Chloe
    • Stephen Graham known as Harry Beechman
    • Hannah Walters known as Business Man's Wife
    • Shobu Kapoor known as Sardeep's Wife
    • Ade known as DJ
    • Guy Henry known as Lorcan O'Niell
    • Nunzio Palmara known as Nunzio
    • George Keeler known as Frail Man
    • Tim Wallers known as Mr. Frisk
    • Olegar Fedoro known as A.K.'s Father (as Olegar Fedorov)
    • Luca Surguladze known as Young A.K.
    • Steve Allen known as Mikey
    • Shakeel Orr-Deen known as Sardeep's Child 1 (as Shakeel Orr-Dean)
    • Anya Chowdhry known as Sardeep's Child 2
    • Harley Sobraj known as Sardeep's Child 3
    • Iman Muneer known as Sardeep's Child 4
    • Yasmin Muneer known as Sardeep's Child 5
    • Amar Thethi known as Sardeep's Child 6
    • Mickey Drameh known as Beechman's Club Owner
    • Tracey Simmonds known as Pole Dancer
    • William Musyk known as Club Owner
    • Marina Baldewnkova known as Club Owner Girlfriend
    • Eliot Ferguson known as Gogol Bordello: Drums
    • Roland Price known as Ballet Teacher
    • Elizabeth Sun known as Gogol Bordello: Percussion / Dancer
    • Shawn Holmes known as Pianist
    • Evgeny Nikolaev known as Gogol Bordello: Vocals
    • Oren Kaplan known as Gogol Bordello: Guitar
    • Pamela Racine known as Gogol Bordello: Percussion / Dancer
    • Sergei Ryabtsev known as Gogol Bordello: Violin (as Sergey Ryabtsev)
    • Yuri Lemeshev known as Gogol Bordello: Accordion (as Yury Lemeshev)
    • Thomas Gobena known as Gogol Bordello: Bass
    • Lorea Hernandez known as Ballet Dancer
    • Maria Irisarri known as Ballet Dancer
    • Nouska Hanly known as Ballet Dancer
    • Ivan Putrov known as Ballet Dancer
    • Layla Harrison known as Ballet Dancer
    • T. Rene known as Ballet Dancer
    • Fiona Robertson known as Ballet Dancer
    • Jolice Truter known as Ballet Dancer
    • Amber Doyle known as Ballet Dancer
    • Lauren Adams known as Ballet Dancer
    • Penelope Sharp known as Ballet Dancer
    • Caroline Crawley known as Ballet Dancer
    • Claire Anne Elliott known as Ballet Dancer
    • Julien Roussel known as Ballet Dancer
    • Benjamin Ord known as Ballet Dancer
    • Fiona Jopp known as Ballet Dancer
    • Olivia Jenkins known as Ballet Dancer
    • Elena Poris known as Ballet Dancer
    • Heather Craig known as Ballet Dancer
    • Mayumi Yoshida known as Ballet Dancer
    • David Murley known as Ballet Dancer
    • Danibelle Bryce known as Ballet Dancer
    • Luana Nalah known as Ballet Dancer
    • Angela Harding known as Ballet Dancer
    • Lucy Dean known as Ballet Dancer
    • Rebecca Emmett known as Ballet Dancer
    • Elena Buda known as Ballet Dancer (as Elena Hardy)
    • Katrina Hawkins known as Ballet Dancer
    • Joanna Woodliffe known as Ballet Dancer

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Dejan Cekanovic known as hair stylist
    • Irene Christophis known as assistant makeup artist
    • Sinden Dean known as makeup designer
    • Vesna Giordano known as prosthetic makeup artist
    • Randolph Gray known as assistant hair stylist
    • Yin Lee known as makeup assistant: additional photography
    • Melanie Szabo known as assistant makeup artist (as Melanie 'Mel' Szabo)
    • Koji Takayanagi known as hair assistant: additional photography
    • Franco Vallelonga known as assistant hair stylist
    • Xabier known as makeup assistant: additional photography

    Art Department:

    • Rob Anderson known as construction coordinator


    Production Companies:

    • Semtex Films (presents)
    • HSI Films (produced in association with) (as HSI London)

    Other Companies:

    • Anvil Post Production  sound post-production
    • Casting Collective  extras casting
    • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  filmmakers representation
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany
    • Movie Lot, The  security
    • Soundtrack  trailer


    • IFC Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (Iran) (theatrical)
    • Hexagon Pictures (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • La Fabrique de Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
    • Miracle Voice (2009) (Japan) (theatrical) (in association with)
    • Surreal Films (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
    • Syrena Films (2009) (Poland) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Cinema Mondo (2008) (Finland) (all media)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Midas Filmes (2009) (Portugal) (all media)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • James Cundill known as online editor
    • Jean-Clement Soret known as digital colourist
    • Pat Wintersgill known as on-line editor

    Release Date:

    • Germany 13 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • USA 18 June 2008 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
    • Poland 9 August 2008 (Film and Art Festival Two Riversides)
    • France 17 September 2008
    • Greece 24 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
    • Brazil 27 September 2008 (Rio International Film Festival)
    • Finland 27 September 2008 (Helsinki Love and Anarchy Film Festival)
    • Finland 27 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
    • Belgium 11 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
    • USA 17 October 2008 (limited)
    • Canada 18 October 2008 (Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma)
    • Russia 18 October 2008 (Moscow International Film Festival 2MORROW)
    • Japan 24 October 2008 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
    • Finland 7 November 2008
    • Italy 22 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
    • Japan 24 January 2009
    • Australia 5 March 2009 (Mardi Gras Film Festival)
    • Canada 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • France 18 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Sweden 15 May 2009
    • Italy 12 June 2009
    • Poland 7 August 2009
    • Greece 20 August 2009
    • Portugal 10 September 2009
    • Hungary 16 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 29 September 2009 (DVD premiere)


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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