24 Hour Party People

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Release Date 2002-02-13
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24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People is a 2002 British comedy-drama film about Manchester's popular music 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. It was met with very enthusiastic reviews and currently holds a Metacritic score of 85/100. Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars. It begins with the punk rock era and moves through the 1980s into the "Madchester" scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The main character is Tony Wilson, a news reporter for Granada Television and the head of Factory Records. The narrative largely follows his career, while also covering the major Factory artists, especially Joy Division and New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, and the Happy Mondays. The film is a dramatisation based on a combination of real events, rumours, urban legends, and the imaginings of the scriptwriter – as the film makes clear. In one scene, one-time Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto 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 fourth wall is frequently broken, with Wilson frequently commenting on events directly to camera as they occur, at one point declaring that he is "being postmodern, before it's fashionable". The actors are often intercut with real contemporary concert footage, including the Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall.

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Actors & Characters

John Simm John Simm Bernard Sumner Bernard Sumner
Steve Coogan Steve Coogan Tony Wilson Tony Wilson
Shirley Henderson Shirley Henderson Lindsay Wilson Lindsay Wilson
Paddy Considine Paddy Considine Rob Gretton Rob Gretton
Christopher Eccleston Christopher Eccleston Boethius Boethius
Andy Serkis Andy Serkis Martin Hannett Martin Hannett
John Thomson John Thomson Charles Charles
Lennie James Lennie James Alan Erasmus Alan Erasmus
Enzo Cilenti Enzo Cilenti Peter Saville Peter Saville
Rob Brydon Rob Brydon Ryan Letts Ryan Letts

Staff

Robby Müller Cinematography
Michael Winterbottom Director
Trevor Waite Editor
Liz Gallacher Music
Andrew Eaton Producer
Frank Cottrell Boyce Writer