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24 Hour Party People -- In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.


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The unbelievably true story of one man, one movement, the music and madness that was Manchester.
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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From punk to rave in northern England - a pulsating, highly original, thoroughly entertaining mess of a film. See more (127 total) »


  (in credits order)

Steve Coogan ... Tony Wilson

John Thomson ... Charles

Paul Popplewell ... Paul Ryder

Lennie James ... Alan Erasmus

Shirley Henderson ... Lindsay
Mark Windows ... Johnny Rotten

Paddy Considine ... Rob Gretton
Raymond Waring ... Vini

Ron Cook ... Derek Ryder

John Simm ... Bernard Sumner
Danny Cunningham ... Shaun Ryder

Dave Gorman ... John the Postman

Ralf Little ... Hooky (Peter Hook)

Andy Serkis ... Martin Hannett
Nigel Pivaro ... Actor at Granada

Martin Hancock ... Howard Devoto

Peter Kay ... Don Tonay
Mark E. Smith ... Punter

Naomi Radcliffe ... Twitchy Girl

Sean Harris ... Ian Curtis
Tim Horrocks ... Steve

Rob Brydon ... Ryan Letts
Howard Devoto ... Cleaner

Collette Cooper ... Sadie
Tracy Cunliffe ... Other Girl in Nosh Van

Enzo Cilenti ... Peter Saville
Duncan Whitworth ... Jez
Michael Mitchell Jr. ... Simon (as Michael Mitchell Jnr.)
Claire Lever ... Assistant
Neil Bell ... Aspiring Singer
Aidan Cross ... Goth

Simon Pegg ... Journalist
Elizabeth Kelly ... Ian's Gran
Darren Tighe ... Mike Pickering
Chris Coghill ... Bez
Anna Tyborczyk ... Gillian

Peter Gunn ... Farmer
Dan Hope ... Mark
Nick Clarke ... Gaz
Margi Clarke ... Actor in Corridor
Mani ... Sound Engineer
Smug Roberts ... Railway Guard
Clint Boon ... 2nd Railway Guard
Toby Salaman ... Sir Keith Joseph
Conrad Murray ... Bailey Brother
Martin Coogan ... Chris Nagle
Rowetta Satchell ... Herself (as Rowetta)

Kieran O'Brien ... Nathan (as Keiran O'Brien)

Kate Magowan ... Yvette
Paul Ryder ... Pel
Roger Kennedy ... Doorman Sam

Sean Cernow ... Little Pel
Fiona Allen ... Cloakroom Girl
Helen Schlesinger ... Hilary
Joshua McNicholas ... Oliver
Tony Wilson ... Studio Director (as Anthony H. Wilson)

Keith Allen ... Roger Ames
Dino ... Wise Guy
A. Bowser ... Wise Guy (as Mr. A. Bowser)
Gary Roberts ... Wise Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Ding Archer ... Glen Matlock
Daniel Lestuzzi ... Football Thug

Kenny Baker ... Zookeeper (uncredited)
Michael Biggam ... Sex Pistols Fan (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Burnel ... Himself - The Stranglers (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nigel Martin Davey ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Happy Mondays ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joy Division ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sean McKenzie ... Man at Sex Pistols Gig (uncredited)

Steve McTigue ... Hacienda Doorman (uncredited)

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Price ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Terri Seymour ... Herself (uncredited)
Simply Red ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Siouxsie Sioux ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Solodeep ... Football Hooligan (uncredited)
Paul Swan ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Paul Weller ... Himself - The Jam (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Cottrell Boyce  screenplay

Produced by
Gina Carter .... co-producer
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Robert How .... line producer
Fiona Neilson .... assistant producer
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography) (as Robby Muller)
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Michael Winterbottom (uncredited)
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
Production Design by
Mark Tildesley 
Art Direction by
Paul Cripps (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Lucy Howe 
Costume Design by
Steven Noble  (as Stephen Noble)
Steven Noble 
Natalie Ward 
Makeup Department
Janita Doyle .... makeup designer
Neill Gorton .... prosthetic makeup designer (as Neil Gorton)
Jane Lumb .... assistant makeup artist (as Jane Oakley)
Jill Sweeney .... makeup designer
Production Management
Cendrine Gady .... assistant production manager
Neil Grimshaw .... post-production supervisor
Jethro Harris .... post-production manager
Sally Maynard .... unit manager
Jackie Vance .... post-production supervisor
Tommaso Vergallo .... production manager (as Tommaso Vergello)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Bruggen .... second unit director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Richard Harris .... crowd co-ordinator
Jonathan Leather .... crowd co-ordinator
Nic Shearer .... second assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steve Branch .... construction manager
John Bridge .... carpenter
Damien Cleare .... art department assistant
Michelle Day .... prop hand
Mark Digby .... stand-by art director
John Elsworth .... painter
Steve Elsworth .... painter
Rod Gorwood .... draftsman
Paula Hickman .... assistant stand-by props
Stuart Hudson .... dressing props
C.A. Jackson .... carpenter
Sami Kahn .... trainee: FT2
Cat MacMillan .... property master
Paul Mitchell .... dressing props
Tony O'Hara .... carpenter
John Price .... laborer
John Roberts .... carpenter
Mark Skitt .... carpenter
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Colin Worrall .... painter
Paul Yarwood .... carpenter
Philip Diggle .... painter: paintings in Haçienda (uncredited)
Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... sound maintenance engineer
Peter Burgess .... foley artist
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andy Derrick)
John Falcini .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Farr .... foley mixer
Anthony Faust .... foley editor
Zane Hayward .... supervising sound editor
Mitch Low .... sound assistant
Tom Piper .... sound: Hacienda
James Seddon .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Joakim Sundström .... dialogue editor
John Warhurst .... foley editor
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Bryan .... special effects director
Steve Tomkow .... armourer: Firepower
Steve Scotton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Bach .... digital effects consultant
Alice Coren .... 2D design
Simon Fallon .... digital effects executive producer
Steve Garrad .... digital effects producer
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical manager
Tom Harding .... Inferno operator
John Harvey .... 3D pigeon animation
Simon Hutala .... digital effects supervisor (as Simon Huhtala)
Abdel Ali Kassou .... imaging technician
Jim Parsons .... Inferno operator
Adrian Russell .... 3D UFO animation
Matt Johnson .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunt coordinator
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Brookes .... rigging gaffer
John Colley .... gaffer
Dave Fowler .... best boy (as David Fowler)
Philip George .... camera operator: hovercam
Chris Greenwood .... assistant camera
Chris Greenwood .... clapper loader
Chris Greenwood .... second focus puller
Steve Griffiths .... electrician (as Stevie Griffiths)
Gifford Hooper .... aerial camera operator
Lee Howarth .... standby rigger
Chris Hughes .... electrician
Jane Rousseau .... camera operator
Jon Shard .... unit photographer
Amelia Troubridge .... stills: The Film Consortium
Marcel Zyskind .... camera operator
Marcel Zyskind .... focus puller
Casting Department
Sophie Gabszewicz .... casting assistant
Robert Woodshaw .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary S. MacDonald .... costume assistant (as Hilary MacDonald)
Hilary S. MacDonald .... wardrobe assistant
Uta Thompson .... costume assistant
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Esme Young .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... telecine colorist
Fizz Chaudhry .... editor trainee: FT2
Martin Corbett .... first assistant editor
Simon Giblin .... digital on-line editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Steve Lee .... on-line editor
Michael Nollet .... editor trainee: FT2
Shane Warden .... on-line editor
Llyr Wynn-Jones .... second assistant editor (as Llyr Wynn Jones)
Cas Casey .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Sam Mangan .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Julia Phillips .... location scout
Barney Pilling .... location scout
Sam Taylor .... location manager
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Martin Moscrop .... music coordinator
Joakim Sundström .... music editor
Pete Tong .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Jeff Hewitt .... driver
Christine Mavron .... driver: rushes
Paul Sargeant .... driver: rushes
Pat Ward .... driver: second unit
Other crew
Catherine Brice .... researcher
Ian Buchan .... web site designer
Caroline Chapman .... floor runner
Floriane Charles .... runner
John Eccleston .... production accountant
Candice Fonseca .... production coordinator
Alex Fuller .... web site designer
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Lindsay Hughes .... assistant: Steve Coogan (as Lindsey Hughes)
Alex Knight .... second unit assistant
Kate Lee .... publicist
Matthew Long .... production runner
Rachel McClelland .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom
Sarada McDermott .... production secretary
Dan McTiernan .... runner
Paul Monaghan .... runner
Anna Raynsford .... publicist
Emma Smith .... production runner
Jane Trower .... assistant accountant
Jack Turner .... production executive
Tony Wilson .... special consultant
Pauline Burt .... risk manager (uncredited)
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (uncredited)
Heather Mansfield .... risk manager (uncredited)
Rachel McClelland .... researcher (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... end titles (uncredited)
Chris Auty .... special thanks
Luke Bainbridge .... special thanks
Julie Baines .... special thanks
Roy Barraclough .... special thanks
Mark 'Bez' Berry .... special thanks (as Bez)
Clint Boon .... special thanks
Stuart Boreman .... special thanks
Rebecca Boulton .... special thanks
James Cartwright .... special thanks
Debbie Curtis .... special thanks
Natalie Curtis .... special thanks
Dino .... special thanks
Christopher Eccleston .... special thanks
Alan Erasmus .... special thanks
Paul Fallon .... special thanks
Fine Time Fontayne .... special thanks
Gillian Gilbert .... special thanks
Lesley Gilbert .... special thanks
Dave Haslam .... special thanks
Shan Hira .... special thanks
Peter Hook .... special thanks
Mark Jackson .... special thanks
Trevor Johnson .... special thanks
Ben Kelly .... special thanks
Jez Kerr .... special thanks
Paul Mason .... special thanks
Graham Massey .... special thanks (as Graeme Massey)
Nathan McGough .... special thanks
Sean McKenzie .... special thanks
Bruce Mitchell .... special thanks
Stephen Morris .... special thanks (as Steven Morris)
Martin Moscrop .... special thanks
Graeme Park .... special thanks
Mike Pickering .... special thanks
Lindsey Reade .... special thanks
Vini Reilly .... special thanks
Derek Ryder .... special thanks
Paul Ryder .... special thanks
Shaun Ryder .... special thanks
Rowetta Satchell .... special thanks (as Rowetta)
Peter Saville .... special thanks
Phil Saxe .... special thanks
James Sherlock .... special thanks
Bernard Sumner .... special thanks
Johnny Vegas .... special thanks
Tony Wilson .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sexuality
117 min
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The exterior Hacienda scenes were faithfully shot at the correct location, i.e. the corner of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street in central Manchester. The Happy Mondays' video shoot scene with the children was shot at The Ritz, another nightclub on Whitworth Street West. The interior scenes for the Factory nights in the first half of the film were shot at Jilly's (formerly Rockworld), a nightclub around the corner on Oxford Road.See more »
Continuity: In the opening hang-gliding sequence, the design on the glider changes between close-ups and long shots (the long shots are of Tony Wilson himself during the actual event that is being portrayed).See more »
[first lines]
Tony Wilson:Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the latest craze sweeping the Pennines, and I've got to be honest, I'd rather be sweeping the Pennines right now.
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65 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
From punk to rave in northern England - a pulsating, highly original, thoroughly entertaining mess of a film., 17 April 2002
Author: Kev-B from London

24 Hour Party People is the story of Factory Records, a defiantly eccentric independent record label based in Manchester, England, which discovered acts as influential and diverse as Joy Division and the Happy Mondays.

The film is shot in mock-documentary style and narrated by Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), the founder of Factory. Coogan portrays Wilson's double life as music svengali and cheesy local TV reporter to brilliant comic effect. Although Brits will draw the inevitable parallels between Coogan's Wilson and his ultra-naff TV persona, Alan Partridge, Coogan actually has Wilson off to a tee. Arrogant and pompous, Cambridge-educated Wilson is master of the pseudish sound bite (when he realises they have no tickets for a concert in his nightclub, he retorts `Did they have tickets for the Sermon on the Mount? Of course they didn't, people just turned up because they knew it would be a great gig'). But he also has a perceptive eye for the zeitgeist and his vision to create the Hacienda club transformed Manchester into Madchester, for a brief time the music capital of the world.

The story really starts with an early Sex Pistols gig in Manchester, attended by only 42 people, most of whom went on to have an influence on the Manchester music scene of the next 10 years. Wilson was in the audience, together with members of the band who went on to form the brilliant post-punk pioneers Joy Division. The first part of the film is really focussed on them and their manager, the aggressive and cantankerous Rob Gretton ( played by Paddy Considine), and their producer, the irascible acid-casualty Martin Hannett (another superb cameo by Andy Serkis) - both of whom are no longer alive. Joy Division's lead singer, Ian Curtis, is portrayed so accurately by Sean Harris that it's positively eerie, and the scenes of the band playing in rundown venues seem remarkably true to life and capture effectively the rawness and intensity of their live performances. The film also deals, rather insensitively, with the death of Curtis, who's feet we see swinging after he has strung himself up on a rope in his house. This segues uncomfortably into a town crier announcing his death to the world, and ends with scenes showing Curtis's body in a coffin at the crematorium.

From then on, the story continues with Joy Division's reincarnation as New Order and the building of the Hacienda nightclub, and the sometimes disastrous business decisions made by Wilson and Factory. When New Order released Blue Monday, the record sleeve was so expensive to produce they lost money on every copy sold. The single went on to become the biggest-selling 12' of all time, paradoxically crippling Factory in the process. The first nights at the Hacienda were also calamitous, with bands playing in front of single-figure audiences. Eventually however, the druggy indie dance kings Happy Mondays arrived on the scene, and acid house was born. Suddenly the Hacienda was the place to be and the Madchester rave scene became famous all over the world. The scenes of drugs-and-sex-excess on the Monday's tour bus and the re-creation of the Hacienda club nights are superbly portrayed.

The final part of the film tells how gang violence led to the closure of the club and the drug-riddled misadventures of the Mondays, especially their singer Shaun Ryder, led to their downfall and had severe financial implications for Factory Records (Wilson had inexplicably sent them to Barbados to record their last Factory album). Eventually, Factory was sold, lock, stock and barrel, to another label (who were perturbed to find Wilson had not signed any contracts with any of the Factory bands, effectively giving the artists total creative freedom).

24 Hour Party People is a real rollercoaster ride. There are some brilliant acting performances, punctuated by cameos from real members of the Manchester music scene (such as Howard Devoto and Mark E. Smith). The merging of legend and reality may make it difficult for people unfamiliar with events to work out what actually happened. But this is no accurate, austere documentary, but a touching, sometimes surreal, and often very, very funny, anarchic portrayal of a time and a place and it's music. Oh, and of course, the soundtrack is fantastic.

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