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:: 24 Hour Party People

“24 Hour Party People” transports viewers to Manchester in 1976 where it all began, at the beginning of the most influential music era to date. Cambridge educated Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), a TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up their own record label called Factory Records and proceed to sign up a number of bands who go on the become some of the most influential artists of their time, including Joy Division who later become New Order and The Happy Mondays.
This mock documentary is spiced up with an underlying black comedy feel as well as sex, drugs, larger than life characters and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda. The making of “24 Hour Party People” came about when director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton decided to make a film with great music that wasn’t specifically a musical, “We thought it would be fun to have a lot of music but to avoid people bursting into song”, says Eaton. "24 Hour Party People was born out of the fact that both had previous personal allegiances with the influential Manchester music scene.
The music is central to the film and the songs reproduced but the actors playing New Order, Joy Division and the Happy Mondays are very realistic despite the fact that many of the actors had never picked up an instrument in their lives.
The film is highly entertaining and captures the true essence of what it was to live through the birth of the punk/house era in the late seventies/early eighties, in Manchester-the place where it was all happening, through the eyes of the people who made it all happen

Screening at Cinema Nova and KinoDendy Cinemas