24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People

Michael Winterbottom (2001)

112min
18 Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

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
Bernard Sumner John Simm
Roger Ames Keith Allen
Peter Hook Ralf Little
Lindsey Shirley Henderson
Martin Hannett Andy Serkis
Shaun Ryder Danny Cunningham
Ian Curtis Sean Harris
Alan Erasmus Lennie James
Director Michael Winterbottom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama