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Michael Winterbottom

24 Hour Party People

117' - 2002 - Drama, Comedy, Biography - Dialogue: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom With: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, Shirley Handerson, Paddy Considine
This is the highly charged and moving story of the spectacular rise and fall of Manchester’s Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays and the infamous Haçienda nightclub. TV news reporter Tony Wilson is so enlivened by a Sex Pistols concert in 1976 that he persuades his television station to televise one of their performances. They become a sensation. And just as instantly, Manchester's punk bands clamour for Wilson to manage them. Wilson creates Factory Records.
However, the party doesn’t last. A tale of music, sex, drugs and larger-than-life characters, the film is one man’s vision to allow freedom for his artists which in turn becomes his ultimate downfall. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70’s to the early 90’s, the film documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be.

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Michael Winterbottom


Steve Coogan, Lennie James, Shirley Handerson, Paddy Considine


Frank Cottrell Boyce

Director of Photography

Robby Müller


Trevor Waite


Andrew Eaton

Music Supervisor

Liz Gallacher

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Countries of production

United Kingdom



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