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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
Steve Coogan Paddy Considine Sean Harris Lennie James Shirley Henderson Andy Serkis John Simm Ralf Little Danny Cunningham Peter Kay John Thomson Kate Magowan Martin Hancock Dave Gorman Enzo Cilenti Tony Wilson Simon Pegg Rob Brydon Chris Coghill Kieran O'Brien Keith Allen Paul Popplewell Rowetta Ron Cook Raymond Waring Christopher Eccleston Smug Roberts Clint Boon Terri Seymour Show All…
A Festa Nunca Termina, Madchester, Twenty Four Hour Party People, Zabava bez kraja, Круглосуточные тусовщики
Tony Wilson passed away eight years ago today.
I watch a lot of films about scenes and occurrences and movements where I feel out of the loop, like I'm missing something by not having been around it myself or in the vicinity, and envying those who write about being there and experiencing it.
When 24 Hour Party People was released in 2002, it finally felt like a film where I wouldn't be feeling that envy. To radically paraphrase a chap who Wilson regretted not signing, it was a film that could say something to me about my life. And it did. It was about the music that played throughout my teenage years, the music and cultural scene that was exploding…
Although I'm not a Manchester native (though I do live a good 30 or so miles away), I've always been somewhat fascinated by the city's musical history, so naturally I approached 24 Hour Party People with interest. Biopics generally don’t appeal to me that much, but I’d have to say that this one delivers in more ways I’d want.
Taking place from the mid 70s to the early 90s, 24 Hour Party People documents the career of Tony Wilson, as he transitions from a television presenter for Granada TV into the manager of Factory Records, which was home to some of the UK's biggest musical acts around the time. As well as a general focus on the musical culture of…
You can say what you want about music from around the world, but nothing will touch the British as the greatest exponents of popular music. We've given the world The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division, and The Police to name but a few. Maybe it's the working class backgrounds or the fact we just have some talented poets and misanthropes among us, who knows, we just seem to produce them in abundance. People take chances, some people see something special in an artist and strive to make the most of that spark of imagination and creativity. 24 Hour Party People focuses on a maverick who stuck out his neck in support of some fledgling Northern…
"24 Hour Party People" recounts the events leading up to and beyond the mid 70’s Manchester music scene. The film primarily focuses on Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) as he sets up Factory Records bringing underground bands to the forefront of the British music scene. With Joy Division who’d later turn into New Order after the unfortunate suicide of their frontman Ian Curtis receiving most of the focus. The film also acts somewhat as a pseudo Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic running alongside the main story.
One thing I wasn’t quite able to ascertain was whether the film was meant to be shot as a documentary, mockumentary or a straight drama as it blends the trio into an amalgamation of all three…
Even actual God told him that it was a mistake to not sign the Smiths
"You picked the wrong city if you think hate will tear us apart." - Dave Haslam.
If Tomorrow Never Knows was the first song to capture the feeling of being on LSD, Lazyitis was the first to do the same thing with Ecstasy...
You’re alone in the basement. You turn it up real loud and start dancing. Your eyes are closed. You’re grooving hard. You’re like Bez on stage at the Hacienda, circa ‘89. When you finally open your eyes again, your wife is yelling from the stairs. She looks angry. You run to the stereo and press pause...
— Jesus Christ. Turn the music down. The entire house is shaking.
— Sorry. I didn’t realize it was so loud.
— I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re not a teenager anymore.…
My music habits at the time might have become an influential factor in my decision to seek out watching 24 Hour Party People as quickly as I did. I was only getting myself into the music of Joy Division and quickly they became one of my favourite bands, and I've already familiarized myself with Sex Pistols - but my knowledge of the scene was fairly limited at best. I then stumbled across 24 Hour Party People hoping to gain further knowledge of what it was like during said era and I immediately thought to myself after finishing it that it was something I had to watch once again. It was perhaps a result of a mood coming by from the…
I have a pretty straightforward love-hate relationship with Michael Winterbottom, and I think that everyone should for as long as he makes films like Code 46 and 9 Songs on the one hand but films like A Cock And Bull Story and 24 Hour Party People on the other.
This is a fairly regularly fictional and occasionally factual story about the rise and fall of Factory Records and the Hacienda, two legendary musical landmarks in Manchester (and the world, for that matter), told by an often fictionalised version of the late, great Tony Wilson. Portrayed by Steve Coogan, it has hard to imagine that anyone could have gotten his persona more spot on. It also proves to me that, given…
I'm so used to Coogan's fourth-wall breaks that at first I was a bit irritated with 24HPP, but gradually it dawned on me that Tony Wilson, the more benign, experimental Malcolm McLaren (an appropriately post-punk version of the same Svengali type, if you will), would absolutely make himself the ringleader for his own story. (24HPP, like posters and nightclubs, has a Factory archive number, as if it were another single.) Winterbottom and Coogan print the legend, as they openly reference, yet they also frequently break to clarify more pedestrian truths, and to make reference to that which was elided for dramatic flow. It's a fitting juxtaposition for a label that never knew success without failure being right there; they scored…
Color + Monochrome
“It's a pity you didn't sign the Smiths, but you were right about Mick Hucknell. His music's rubbish, and he's a ginger”
After Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People was finished, when the credits finally ran out, the screen faded to black, I felt quite sad and empty. Sad at the thought that I’d never be able to watch it with fresh eyes again, sad at the thought it was all over because I wanted, so desperately for more. The self deprecating and referential humour. The sheer amount of fabulous performers and the sheer ballsy, batshit crazy story it puts forward, that I wouldn’t even contest of being true.
"That is the musical equivalent of Che Guevara"
I have no problem claiming this the best movie about rock and roll and its lifestyle. I have no problem saying the best Andy Serkis role is him playing a human being. I have no problem calling Steve Coogan a genius even though I have actively avoided some of his films (Hamlet 2 pops to mind). 24 Hour Party People is post modern before it was fashionable, just as Tony Wilson claims of himself in the movie.
“the birth of rave culture”
“there were only 12 people at the last supper”
actually creatively breaks the 4th wall.
always thought this movie was a lot of people taking ecstasy and dancing and there's some of that but i was surprised to find out it's mostly just a lot of left-wing alan partridge
Funny, fascinating, and really well put together, this film is probably the best take on Tony Wilson's story, as well as a fundamentally British film. I knew nothing about the whole Manchester music scene before going into this, and it spurred me on to do a ton of research -- the movie got a lot right, and the way Wilson is portrayed as an agent of the story but also the editing is a great take on the whole thing. It's insane to think that "In This World" was released the same year also by Winterbottom. Really enjoyable, would recommend.
Essential British viewing
I had literally no idea what was going on in the plot of this movie (I know nothing about music), but I am literally in love with this direction style. Wilson as a fourth-wall-breaking narrator, the pseudo-documentary style, the freeze frame of Howard Devoto saying "I definitely don't remember this happening" after panning away from a younger version of him having sex with Tony Wilson's wife... unbelievably funny. I love Wilson's monologue! the cuts! the way Tony Wilson dances awkwardly in every single scene at a night club!
and Steve Coogan [a.k.a. tiny gay Roman from Night at the Museum] is utterly phenomenal. I am obsessed with him in this part. I am obsessed with him when he says that he's a minor character in his own movie. I love him.
The style of this is absolutely scuffed and I loved every minute.
yes indeed. breathtaking w/ impeccable opening and closing titles and wonderful cinematography by robby müller (!). this is what i want to be watching always. there seems to be a real warmth for everyone involved, and something about it makes me feel really good coming out of it now. i like the lenses it has me wearing, the way it makes me look at life. incidentally, john simm looks startlingly beautiful in this, what's that about?
Pulls off an amazing trick of portraying its music-scene legends as highly fallible buffoons while also maintaining the enigmatic Cool of their art. You don’t have to already be in love with New Order or Happy Mondays to love this movie. It’s about something much more universally relatable than those bands’ cultish fandoms suggest: how all human beings are self-centered fuckups, especially artist types.
Coogan is such a talent and this feels like the perfect vehicle to watch him shine. I feel like there are a few moments it drifts a bit too into edgy nihilism or snarky solipsism, but generally it’s so consistently funny, respectful, and insightful. Also, those few moments feel more likely to be honest character moments than the film being embarrassing. It’s all a matter of opinion though. Come for the music and the history, stay for the genuinely beautiful mix of emotional beats, nostalgia, and pitch perfect comedy.
Madchester. Factory. Wilson. Vibe. Scene. Rave. Feel. Soundtrack. Energy. Yes.
Don’t watch this with your parents. Just don’t.
I have know previous knowledge for the subject of this movie except for some of the featured bands, so this was a very educational movie. It felt like being tipped into the middle of this time(s) and place. Tony Wilson is hilarious. Also the extent of Wilson’s interjections and the weird way the movie moves makes this feel like the movie equivalent of a Vonnegut book; and it was a cool, collage style that I’ve never seen before.
Oh look, it's all my favourite British actors.
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