24 Hour Party People

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Director:
Michael Winterbottom
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
24 Hour Party People is a British film that chronicles the rise of Manchester's music scene from 1976 to 1992. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the film follows Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), a reporter for Granada Television and the head of the famed Factory Records. While the film is based on actual history, much of the story is written solely from the imagination of Boyce, with Wilson narrating throughout. The film discusses the rise of major musical acts of the times, including Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, and the Happy Mondays. The story is intercut with actual footage of many of the bands performing, including a much-hyped performance by The Sex Pistols. As Factory Records develops, Wilson decides to create "The Hacienda," a nightclub to rival New York's famous Studio 54. Slowly the record label begins to fall apart, and the transition into relative obscurity (including the tearing down of "The Hacienda") begins. Also starring Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, Sean Harris, Peter Kay, and Conrad Murray, 24 Hour Party People is directed by Michael Winterbottom.moreless

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