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''24 Hour Party People'' is a 2002 British biographical
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film about
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's
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community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews. It begins with the punk rock era of the late 1970s and moves through the 1980s into the
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and DJ culture and the "
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" scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The main character is Tony Wilson (played by
Steve Coogan Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter. He is most known for creating original characters such as Alan Partridge, a socially inept and politically incorrect media personality, whi ...
), a news reporter for
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and the head of Factory Records. The narrative largely follows his career, while also covering the careers of the major Factory artists, especially
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
and New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column and Happy Mondays. The film is a dramatisation based on a combination of real events, rumours,
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s and the imaginings of the scriptwriter, as the film makes clear. In one scene, one-time
Buzzcocks Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Music of Manchester, Manchester music sc ...
member
Howard Devoto Howard Devoto (born Howard Andrew Trafford, 15 March 1952) is a retired English singer and songwriter, who began his career as the frontman for punk rock band Buzzcocks, but then left to form Magazine (band), Magazine, one of the first post-punk ...
(played by Martin Hancock) is shown having sex with Wilson's first wife in the toilets of a club; the real Devoto, an extra in the scene, turns to the camera and says, "I definitely don't remember this happening." The
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is frequently broken, with Wilson (who also acts as the narrator) frequently commenting on events directly to camera as they occur, at one point declaring that he is "being
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, before it's fashionable". The actors are often intercut with real contemporary concert footage, including the
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gig at the
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.


Plot

In 1976 television presenter Tony Wilson sees the Sex Pistols perform at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall for the first time. Inspired, Wilson starts a weekly series of punk rock shows at a Manchester club, where the newly formed
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
perform, led by the erratic, brooding Ian Curtis. Wilson founds a record label, Factory Records, and signs Joy Division as the first band; the contract is written in Wilson's blood and gives the Factory artists full control over their music. He hires irascible producer Martin Hannett to record Joy Division, and soon the band and label have a hit record. In 1980, just before Joy Division is to tour the United States, Curtis hangs himself. Joy Division rename themselves New Order and record a hit single, " Blue Monday". Wilson opens a nightclub, the Haçienda; business is slow at first, but eventually the club is packed each night. Wilson signs another hit band, Happy Mondays, led by
Shaun Ryder Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer/songwriter and poet. As lead singer of Happy Mondays, he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, he formed Bla ...
, and the ecstasy-fuelled
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culture is born. Despite the apparent success, Factory Records is losing money. Every copy of "Blue Monday" sold loses five pence, as the intricate packaging by Peter Saville costs more than the single's sale price. Wilson pays for New Order to record a new album in Ibiza, but after two years, they still have not delivered a record. He pays for the Happy Mondays to record their fourth studio album in Barbados, but Ryder spends all the money on drugs. When Wilson finally receives the album, he finds that Ryder has refused to record vocals, and all the tracks are instrumentals. At the Haçienda, ecstasy use is curbing alcohol sales and attracting gang violence. The Factory partners try to save the business by selling the label to
London Records London Recordings (or London Records and London Music Stream) is a British record label that marketed records in the United States, Canada, and Latin America for Decca Records from 1947 to 1980 before becoming semi-independent. The London nam ...
, but when Wilson reveals that the label does not hold contracts with any of its artists, the deal falls through. While smoking
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on the roof of Haçienda after its closing night, Wilson has a vision of God, who assures Wilson he has earned a place in history.


Cast

*
Steve Coogan Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter. He is most known for creating original characters such as Alan Partridge, a socially inept and politically incorrect media personality, whi ...
as Tony Wilson * John Thomson as Charles (Granada TV producer) * Shirley Henderson as Lindsay Wilson (Tony's first wife) *
Paddy Considine Patrick George Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, director, and screenwriter. He frequently collaborates with filmmaker/director Shane Meadows. He has received two British Academy Film Awards, three Evening Standard Britis ...
as Rob Gretton (
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
/ New Order manager) * Lennie James as Alan Erasmus (co-founder of Factory) * Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett (producer) * Sean Harris as Ian Curtis (Joy Division singer) * Mark Windows as
Johnny Rotten John Joseph Lydon (; born 31 January 1956), also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the late-1970s punk rock, punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 197 ...
* John Simm as Bernard Sumner (Joy Division/New Order guitarist) * Ralf Little as Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order bassist) * Tim Horrocks as Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order drummer) * Danny Cunningham as
Shaun Ryder Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer/songwriter and poet. As lead singer of Happy Mondays, he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, he formed Bla ...
( Happy Mondays singer) * Chris Coghill as Bez (Happy Mondays dancer and percussionist) * Paul Popplewell as Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays bassist, brother of Shaun) * Ron Cook as Derek Ryder (the Ryder brothers' father) * Kieran O'Brien as Nathan (Happy Mondays manager) * Raymond Waring as Vini Reilly (singer-guitarist of The Durutti Column) * Dave Gorman as John the Postman (postman/punk singer) * Peter Kay as Don Tonay * Enzo Cilenti as Peter Saville (Factory graphic designer) * Rob Brydon as Ryan Letts (journalist) * Simon Pegg as Mick Middles (author, then- ''Sounds'' magazine writer) * Christopher Eccleston as
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(in disguise as a beggar) * John Stammers as Marc Riley (scene deleted) * Helen Schlesinger as Hilary * Kate Magowan as Yvette * Keith Allen as Roger Ames Cameos * Tony Wilson as '' Wheel of Fortune'' director * Nigel Pivaro as actor at Granada * Kenny Baker as zookeeper *
Howard Devoto Howard Devoto (born Howard Andrew Trafford, 15 March 1952) is a retired English singer and songwriter, who began his career as the frontman for punk rock band Buzzcocks, but then left to form Magazine (band), Magazine, one of the first post-punk ...
as cleaner/himself * Rowetta as herself, reprising her time with Happy Mondays * Terri Seymour as herself, reprising her co-host gig on '' Wheel of Fortune'' * Paul Ryder as drug dealer and head Hacienda doorman Pel * Clint Boon as Ernie, a train conductor * Elizabeth Kelly as Ian's nan * Martin Coogan, Steve's older brother * Jon DaSilva as himself, reprising his time as resident DJ at The Haçienda * Mark E. Smith ( The Fall) as himself * Mike Pickering (former DJ at The Haçienda, Factory Records unofficial A&R) * Dave Haslam (former DJ at The Haçienda) * Vini Reilly (first artist of Factory Records) scene deleted, clip only * Gary Mounfield ( The Stone Roses) * Fiona Allen who worked on the door at the Hacienda, playing herself. * Conrad Murray (Manchester music manager) as Bailey Brother


Reception and awards

The film holds a
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score of 85/100.
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gave it four out of four stars. The film was nominated for the
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at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, ''
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'' ranked the film 49th in its 100 best films of the 21st century list.
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gave it 4 out of 5 stars, highlighting the film's director. As usual with anything even remotely related to Factory Records, the film received its own FAC catalogue number – posthumously, in a sense, as Factory had already been bankrupt for nearly a decade. ''24 Hour Party People'' is known as FAC 401, being first on the hundred that features other video & multimedia releases. ''24 Hour Party People'' holds a "Certified Fresh" rating of 86% based on one-hundred reviews. The site's consensus states: "The colorful, chaotic 24 Hour Party People nimbly captures the spirit of the Manchester music scene."


Soundtrack

The soundtrack to ''24 Hour Party People'' features songs by artists closely associated with Factory Records who were depicted in the film. These include Happy Mondays,
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
(later to become New Order) and The Durutti Column.
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band the
Buzzcocks Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Music of Manchester, Manchester music sc ...
are featured, as are
The Clash The Clash were an English rock music, rock band formed in London in 1976 who were key players in the original wave of British punk rock. Billed as "The Only Band That Matters", they also contributed to the and new wave music, new wave moveme ...
. The album begins with " Anarchy in the U.K." by the
Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they were one of the most groundbreaking acts in the history of popular music. They were responsible for ...
, the band credited in the film with inspiring Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson to devote himself to promoting music. New tracks recorded for the album include Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades", from a concert performance by New Order with
Moby Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), known professionally as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him to be "among the ...
and Billy Corgan.


Track list

# " Anarchy in the U.K." (
Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they were one of the most groundbreaking acts in the history of popular music. They were responsible for ...
) – 3:33 # "24 Hour Party People ( Jon Carter Mix)" ( Happy Mondays) – 4:30 # " Transmission" (
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
) – 3:36 # " Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" (
Buzzcocks Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Music of Manchester, Manchester music sc ...
) – 2:42 # " Janie Jones" (
The Clash The Clash were an English rock music, rock band formed in London in 1976 who were key players in the original wave of British punk rock. Billed as "The Only Band That Matters", they also contributed to the and new wave music, new wave moveme ...
) – 2:06 # " New Dawn Fades" ( New Order featuring
Moby Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), known professionally as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him to be "among the ...
) – 4:52 # "
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" (Joy Division) – 4:09 # "Otis" ( The Durutti Column) – 4:16 # " Voodoo Ray" ( A Guy Called Gerald) – 2:43 # "
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" ( New Order) – 5:44 # " Loose Fit" (Happy Mondays) – 4:17 # " Pacific State" ( 808 State) – 3:53 # " Blue Monday" (New Order) – 7:30 # " Move Your Body" ( Marshall Jefferson) – 5:15 # " She's Lost Control" (Joy Division) – 4:44 # "Hallelujah (Club Mix)" (Happy Mondays) – 5:40 # " Here To Stay" (New Order) – 4:58 # " Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Joy Division) – 3:24


Other songs in the film

Several songs appear in the film but are not on the soundtrack album, including: *" No Fun", performed by the
Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they were one of the most groundbreaking acts in the history of popular music. They were responsible for ...
(archival video footage) *" Money's Too Tight (to Mention)", performed by Simply Red (archival video footage) *"Make Up to Break Up", performed by
Siouxsie and the Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British Rock music, rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Q (maga ...
(archival video footage) *" The Passenger", performed by
Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, musician, songwriter and actor. Called the "Honorific nicknames in popular music, Godfather of Punk", he was the vocalist and lyricist of ...
(archival video footage) *" In The City", performed by
The Jam The Jam were an English mod revival/punk rock band formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, Surrey. They released 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982 ...
(archival video footage) *" No More Heroes", performed by
The Stranglers The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring 23 UK top 40 singles and 19 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning five decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving bands to have originat ...
(archival video footage) *"The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Wimoweh", performed by Karl Denver (archival video footage) *"Lazyitis", performed by Happy Mondays (archival video footage) *"Old Lost John", performed by Sonny Terry (from the film ''Stroszek'', during Ian Curtis suicide scene) *"World in Motion", performed by New Order *"Jacqueline", performed by The Durutti Column *"Digital (Joy Division song), Digital", performed by
Joy Division Joy Division were an English Rock music, rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris (musician), Stephen Morris. Sumner ...
*"Flight", performed by A Certain Ratio *"Skipscada", performed by A Certain Ratio *"Tart Tart", performed by Happy Mondays *"Freaky Dancin'", performed by Happy Mondays *"Wrote for Luck", performed by Happy Mondays *"Kinky Afro", performed by Happy Mondays *"Sunshine and Love", performed by Happy Mondays *"Satan Live, Satan", performed by Orbital (band), Orbital *"Go (Moby song), Go", performed by
Moby Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), known professionally as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him to be "among the ...
*"Louie Louie" (partial), performed by John The Postman *"Louie Louie", performed by Factory All-Stars *"King of the Beats", performed by Mantronix *"Solid Air", performed by John Martyn


Chart positions


See also

*''So It Goes (TV series), So It Goes'' *''Control (2007 film), Control''


References


External links


''24-Hour Party People'' filming locations
* * * * {{Factory Records 2002 films 2002 comedy-drama films Films shot in Greater Manchester 2000s biographical films British biographical films British comedy-drama films 2000s English-language films Musical films based on actual events British rock music films Films set in the 1970s Films set in the 1980s Films set in Manchester Punk films Films directed by Michael Winterbottom Films with screenplays by Frank Cottrell-Boyce Camcorder films Film4 Productions films Music in Manchester Madchester Fiction with unreliable narrators Factory Records Self-reflexive films 2000s British films