24 Hour Party People

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Once upon a time there was Manchester – and the music – and madness, and for a brief shining moment it was the centre of the universe (as everyone outside finally realised). Years later that feeling is re-captured in all its chaos and rawness, from the arrival of the Sex Pistols to the death of the Hacienda, through the legend of Factory Records. With a cast of thousands, Winterbottom evokes a post-modern myth of musical Manchester (and Madchester) by following the trail of one Tony Wilson from mild-mannered regional TV presenter to super music entrepreneur, with the aid of a few friends, musicians, designers, and the fans. An evocative script and excellent performances bring the era and its denizens back to life: see the members of Joy Division (and New Order) onstage and off; witness the debauchery of Shaun Ryder and the international infamy of the Haçienda.

117 minutes


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Great Britain

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