24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People

Michael Winterbottom (2001)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
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.


Biopic of Tony Wilson, journalist, founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub and the man credited with breathing new life into Manchester's music scene, introducing the world to bands including Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays. Starring Steve Coogan, John Simm, Ralf Little, Andy Serkis and Shirley Henderson.

Cast & 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
Bez 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
Journalist Simon Pegg
Charles, Granada TV producer John Thomson
TV director Tony Wilson
Boethius Christopher Eccleston
Punter Mark E Smith
Cleaner Howard Devoto
Pel Paul Ryder
Actor in corridor Margi Clarke
Cloakroom girl Fiona Allen
Second railway guard Clint Boon
Chris Nagle Martin Coogan
Howard Devoto Martin Hancock
Morrissey James Cartwright
Director Michael Winterbottom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Apr 2002