- 24 Hour Party People
name = 24 Hour Party People
caption = The US theatrical poster.
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Steve Coogan Paddy Considine Danny Cunningham Shirley Henderson Lennie James Sean Harris
Pathé United Artists
released = flagicon|United Kingdom
5 April, 2002
9 August 2002
runtime = 117 min.
country = UK
language = English
website = http://www.partypeoplemovie.com/
amg_id = 1:260399
imdb_id = 0274309
"24 Hour Party People" is a 2002
filmabout Manchester's popular musiccommunity from 1976 to 1997, and specifically about Factory Records. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyceand directed by Michael Winterbottom.
It begins with the
punk rockera, and moves through the 1980s into the " Madchester" scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The main character is Tony Wilson, a news reporter for Granada Televisionand the head of Factory Records(played by comedian Steve Coogan), and the narrative largely follows his career, while also covering the major Factory artists, especially Joy Divisionand New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, and the Happy Mondays.
The movie is a dramatisation based on a combination of real events, rumours,
urban legends and the imaginations of the scriptwriter - as the movie makes clear. In one scene featuring Howard Devoto(played by Martin Hancock) having sex with Wilson's first wife, the real Devoto, an extra in the scene, turns to the camera and says "I definitely don't remember this happening". The fourth wallis frequently broken, with Wilson (who also acts as the narratorof the movie) frequently commenting on events as they occur directly to camera, at one point declaring that he's "being postmodern, before it's fashionable".
The actors are often intercut with real contemporary concert footage, including the famous
Sex Pistolsgig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall.
The story opens in the late 1970s in the
Pennines, where Tony Wilson, reporting for Granada Televisionembarks on a hang glidingadventure, despite not having any training. After crashing several times and receiving a "rather unfortunate" injury to his coccyx, he walks away, then turns to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, saying the scene was symbolic of what's to come on many levels. "I don't want to say too much, don't want to spoil it. I'll just say one word: ' Icarus'. If you get it, great. If you don't, that's fine too. But you should probably read more."
Wilson is dissatisfied with his job as a television news reporter, finding stories like the hang-gliding stunt unfulfilling, telling his producer, Charles, "I'm a serious fucking journalist ... I went to Cambridge."
Wilson then attends a concert in June 1976 at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall by the
Sex Pistols(the Buzzcockswere also to perform but weren't ready). Despite only being attended by 42 people, Wilson cites the concert as a great historical event that would inspire attendees to "go out and perform wondrous deeds".
For his part, Wilson, the host of a music show, "So It Goes", decides to move beyond just putting bands on television and get into promoting concerts. With some friends, actor
Alan Erasmusand Rob Gretton, Wilson starts a weekly series of punk rockshows at a Manchester club. It is during the opening night, and a performance by a band Gretton manages called Joy Division, that Wilson is caught by his wife, Lindsay, getting fellatiofrom a woman in the back of the club owner Don Tonay's "nosh van". She then retaliates by having sexual intercoursein a toilet cubicle with the Buzzcocks' Howard Devoto, and is caught by Tony. The real Devoto, portraying a janitor cleaning the bathroom sink, then turns to the camera and says "I definitely don't remember this happening."
Wilson continues in the music business, and with his friends, starts
Factory Records, signing Joy Division, led by erratic, brooding lead singer Ian Curtis, as the first band. Showing his dedication, Wilson prepares a record contract for the band, written in his own blood, giving the artists full control over their music.
Martin Hannettis hired to record Joy Division, and though he is difficult to work with – he orders the Joy Division drummer to dismantle his drum kit and reassemble it on the roof of the studio – the results are the work of genius, and soon Joy Division has a hit record.
The success is short-lived, however, when, just before Joy Division is to tour the United States, Ian Curtis (
Sean Harris) commits suicideby hanging himself. The news is broken to Wilson as he's preparing to do a news report about a town crier, and the distraught Wilson asks the crier to report on Curtis' death.
Joy Division, however, beats the odds and survives the death of its lead singer, and goes on to rename itself
New Order, and record the hit song "Blue Monday".
Factory Records continues with the building of its nightclub,
Another hit band, the
Happy Mondays, are signed, and the beginning of the ecstacy-fuelled raveculture is witnessed.
Despite all the success, Factory Records is losing vast amounts of money, both on The Haçienda and on recording its bands. In one scene, Erasmus points out that the label is actually losing 5 pence for every copy of the
12-inch singlefor "Blue Monday" that is sold because the intricately designed packaging by Peter Savillecosts more than what the records are being sold for. Saville is additionally portrayed for having a reputation for missing deadlines, turning in posters and tickets for club dates after the events have already occurred. The Factory partners try to save the label by selling it to London Records, but when it is revealed that Factory doesn't actually hold valid contracts with any of its artists, the deal falls through.
Other troubles include the drug use by the Happy Mondays'
Shaun Ryder, who holds the master tapes for the band's troubled fourth studio album hostage until Wilson gives him some money, and tries to shoot Wilson with a pistol. When the master tape is played, it turns out that Ryder, despite being hailed by Wilson as "the greatest poet since Yeats", was unable to write any lyrics, so all the tracks to album, expensively recorded in Barbados, are instrumentals.
Hannett has also become unpredictable, attempting at one time to shoot Wilson with a pistol. He has a falling out with Factory Records over finances, and spirals into decline due to alcohol and drug abuse and massive weight gain, and dies at age 42.
Meanwhile, various aspects of Wilson's life are glossed over, and Wilson takes a moment to acknowledge this, quickly skimming over his divorce from his first wife, Lindsay, his second marriage and children, and his relationship with beauty queen Yvette Livesey. His own drug problems and professional difficulties are also glossed over. "I'm a minor character in my own story," Wilson explains, saying that the stories about the music, as well as
Manchesteritself, are more important.
Steve Cooganas Tony Wilson
* John Thomson as Charles (Granada TV producer)
Shirley Hendersonas Lindsay Wilson (Tony's first wife)
Paddy Considineas Rob Gretton( Joy Division/ New Ordermanager)
Lennie Jamesas Alan Erasmus(co-founder of Factory)
Andy Serkisas Martin Hannett(producer)
Sean Harrisas Ian Curtis(Joy Division singer)
John Simmas Bernard Sumner(Joy Division/New Order guitarist)
Ralf Littleas Peter Hook(Joy Division/New Order bassist)
Danny Cunninghamas Shaun Ryder( Happy Mondayssinger)
Chris Coghillas Bez(Happy Mondays dancer and percussionist)
Paul Popplewellas Paul Ryder(Happy Mondays bassist, brother of Sean)
Ron Cookas Derek Ryder(the Ryder brothers' father)
Raymond Waringas Vini Reilly(singer-guitarist of The Durutti Column)
Dave Gormanas John the Postman(postman/punk singer)
Peter Kayas Don Tonay
Enzo Cilentias Peter Saville(Factory graphic designer)
Conrad Murrayas Bailey Brother
Rob Brydonas Ryan Letts (journalist)
Simon Peggas Paul Morley
Kenny Bakeras Zookeeper
Christopher Ecclestonas Boethius
John Stammersas Marc Riley(scene deleted)
Several notable people make
cameo appearances in the film, including:
Tony Wilsonas "Wheel of Fortune" director
Nigel Pivaro(best known as Terry Duckworthin " Coronation Street") as Actor at Granada
Howard Devotoas cleaner/himself
Trevor Johnson (Designer)as Ben Kelly
Terri Seymouras herself
Paul Ryderas head Hacienda doorman
* Martin Coogan
Mark E. Smith
Gary Mounfield(a.k.a. Mani)
Fiona Allen(as cloakroom girl at the Hacienda, where she actually once worked on the door)
Name = 24 Hour Party People
Artist = various artists
Released = flagicon|United Kingdom
April 9, 2002
August 20, 2002
Recorded = 1976—2002
Punk rock Post-punk Madchester Electronica
Label = FFRR (UK)
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:lvge4j575wai link]
Metacritic(86/100) [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/24hourpartypeople/ost?q=24%20Hour%20Party%20People link]
NME" (8/10) [http://www.nme.com/reviews/6233.htm link]
* Pitchfork (7/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/22384-24-hour-party-people?artist_title=22384-24-hour-party-people link]
PopMatters(no rating) [http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/soundtracks/soundtrack-24hourpartypeople.shtml link]
Rolling Stone" Rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/thesexpistols/albums/album/307860/review/6211078/24_hour_party_people link]
Yahoo! Music(no rating) [http://music.yahoo.com/read/story/12035655 link]
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = soundtrack
Lower caption = US album cover. The soundtrack to "24 Hour Party People" features songs by artists closely associated with
Factory Recordswho were depicted in the film. These include Happy Mondays, Joy Division(later to become New Order) and The Durutti Column. Manchesterband the Buzzcocksare featured, as is The Clash. The album begins with " Anarchy in the U.K." by the Sex Pistols, the band credited in the film with inspiring Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilsonto devote himself to promoting music.
New tracks recorded for the album include Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades", from a concert performance by
New Orderwith Mobyand Billy Corgan.
Anarchy in the U.K." ( Sex Pistols) – 3:33
# "24 Hour Party People (
Jon CarterMix)" ( Happy Mondays) – 4:30
# "Transmission" (
Joy Division) – 3:36
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?" ( Buzzcocks) – 2:42
# "Janie Jones" (
The Clash) – 2:06
# "New Dawn Fades" (
Mobyand Billy Corganwith New Order) – 4:52
# "Atmosphere" (
Joy Division) – 4:09
# "Otis" (
The Durutti Column) – 4:16
# "Voodoo Ray" (
A Guy Called Gerald) – 2:43
# "Temptation" (
New Order) – 5:44
# "Loose Fit" (
Happy Mondays) – 4:17
# "Pacific State" (
808 State) – 3:53
# "Blue Monday" (
New Order) – 7:30
# "Move Your Body" (
Marshall Jefferson) – 5:15
# "She's Lost Control" (
Joy Division) – 4:44
# "Hallelujah (Club Mix)" (
Happy Mondays) – 5:40
# "Here To Stay" (
New Order) – 4:58
Love Will Tear Us Apart" ( Joy Division) – 3:24
Other songs in film
Several songs appear in the film but are not on the soundtrack album, including:
*"No Fun", performed by the
Sex Pistols(archival video footage)
*"Money's Too Tight to Mention", performed by
Simply Red(archival video footage)
*"Make Up to Break Up", performed by
Siouxsie & the Banshees(archival video footage)
*"The Passenger", performed by
Iggy Pop(archival video footage)
*"In The City", performed by
The Jam(archival video footage)
*"No More Heroes", performed by
The Stranglers(archival video footage)
*"Wimoweh", performed by
Karl Denver(archival video footage)
*"Lazyitis", performed by
Happy Mondays(archival video footage)
*"Whoopin' the Blues", performed by
Sonny Terry(from the film " Stroszek", during Ian Curtis suicide scene)
World in Motion", performed by New Order
*"Dream of a Child", performed by
The Durutti Column
*"Digital", performed by
*"Flight", performed by
A Certain Ratio
*"Skipscada", performed by
A Certain Ratio
*"Tart Tart", performed by
*"Wrote for Luck", performed by
Kinky Afro", performed by Happy Mondays
*"Sunshine and Love", performed by
*"Satan", performed by Orbital
*"Go", performed by
Louie Louie", performed by Factory All-Stars
*"King of the Beats", performed by
*A novelization, "24 Hour Party People", based on the
screenplayfor the film, was written by Tony Wilsonand released in 2003 - it is by no means the first example of someone writing a biographyof themselves that is not, technically, an autobiography.
*The title (and opening theme) for the film comes from the song "Twenty Four Hour Party People" by the Happy Mondays, from their album "
Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)".
*As a nod from Tony Wilson and Factory Records, the film was given its own Factory catalogue number (FAC 401). The film website is tagged as FAC 433.
*Tony Wilson states on the commentary on the DVD that he attempted to get some scenes removed from the film (his portrayal as a bad father and cheating on his wife) and he also wanted the gold discs removed from the Factory headquarters set as they never had any on the walls. Wilson also takes strong issue with the scene showing neo-fascists attending a Joy Division concert, as there is no record of neo-fascists ever attending a Joy Division concert nor any record of them causing a riot, as implied by the film.
*Tony Wilson also had to apologise to
Mick Hucknallfor the comments made in the film about him ("ginger nut ... Mick Hucknall", and towards the end, "his music's rubbish, and he's a ginger.")
*In an interview with "Q" magazine in the April 2003 issue, a reader asked Hucknall his view to the comment about the insult on him at the end. Hucknall retorted that Coogan plays
Alan Partridgewell because he is Alan Partridge in real life.
The Haçiendashown in the film was not the real club. It was a replica built in a Manchester factory space; the original club was closed in 1997 and demolished shortly after, replaced by luxury apartments. [http://society.guardian.co.uk/regeneration/story/0,7940,782299,00.html]
* The scenes based in the Russell Club were actually filmed in
Jilly's Rockworld, a rock nightclub in Manchester, as the original venue had long since been demolished.
* The opening hang gliding sequence incorporates footage of Coogan with actual footage of the real Wilson's hang gliding story from Granada Television.
So It Goes (TV series)
Control (2007 film)
* [http://www.partypeoplemovie.com/ Official site]
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*" [http://www.mrqe.com/lookup?24+Hour+Party+People 24 Hour Party People] " at the
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* [http://www.joydiv.org/24hourpartypeople.htm Unofficial site at Joy Division Central]
* [http://www.happymondays.info Unofficial fan site of the Happy Mondays]
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