24 Hour Party People

  • 18
  • Michael Winterbottom (2001)
  • UK
  • 112 min
24 Hour Party People
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Prolific director Michael Winterbottom is unafraid of mythologising a slice of recent musical/cultural history in this comedy drama, which tells the story of the rise and fall of Manchester's Factory Records and the world-famous Hacienda nightclub. Using TV presenter and Factory impresario Tony Wilson to tell the tale - often directly to camera - is the movie's masterstroke. Wilson, played with relish by Steve Coogan, was in real life a self-publicist of gigantic proportions, so when he compares shambolic Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder (an uncanny impersonation by Danny Cunningham) to WB Yeats, you take it with a pinch of salt but buy into it anyway. Unlikely to make sense to anyone who didn't experience the music and mania of the "Madchester" years - and yet bound to enrage those who were there with its flippant abuse of documentary truth - this is an infectious, well-cast blend of evocative energy, fine vintage music and irreverent humour.

Plot Summary

Biographical comedy drama starring Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson, the TV presenter and impresario behind Manchester's Factory Records and world-famous Hacienda nightclub.

Cast and crew


Tony Wilson
Steve Coogan
Alan Erasmus
Lennie James
Lindsay Wilson
Shirley Henderson
Rob Gretton
Paddy Considine
Martin Hannett
Andy Serkis
Ian Curtis
Sean Harris
Bernard Sumner
John Simm
Peter Hook
Ralf Little
Shaun Ryder
Danny Cunningham
Chris Coghill
Paul Ryder
Paul Popplewell
Roger Ames
Keith Allen
Ryan Letts
Rob Brydon
Pete Saville
Enzo Cilenti
Derek Ryder
Ron Cook
John the postman
Dave Gorman
Don Tonay
Peter Kay
Simon Pegg
Charles, Granada TV producer
John Thomson
TV director
Tony Wilson
Christopher Eccleston
Mark E Smith
Howard Devoto
Paul Ryder
Actor in corridor
Margi Clarke
Cloakroom girl
Fiona Allen
Second railway guard
Clint Boon
Chris Nagle
Martin Coogan
Howard Devoto
Martin Hancock
James Cartwright


Michael Winterbottom

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Swearing, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 5 Apr 2002
Certificate 18