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Joy Division (2007)

 -  Documentary | Music  -  2 May 2008 (UK)
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Richard Boon ...
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Kevin Cummins ...
Himself
Ian Curtis ...
Himself (archive footage)
Bob Dickinson ...
Himself
Lesley Gilbert ...
Herself
Iain Gray ...
Himself
Rob Gretton ...
Himself (archive footage)
Martin Hannett ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alan Hempsall ...
Himself - Crispy Ambulance Singer
Annik Honoré ...
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Peter Hook ...
Himself
Joy Division ...
Themselves (archive footage)
Richard H. Kirk ...
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Terry Mason ...
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

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Wilderness
Performed by Joy Division
Licensed courtesy of Malcolm Whitehead
Written by Ian Curtis (as Curtis) / Peter Hook (as Hook) / Bernard Sumner (as Sumner) / Stephen Morris (as Morris)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Solid Documentary
16 September 2007 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

The only shortcoming perhaps of this documentary, is that it didn't range too far beyond the context of the group and into the rest of the music scene at the time. However that is a valid choice for the film-maker. There was a lot of ground to cover, and fans will appreciate the depth and attention paid to the music and live footage.

The film zeros in on the dynamic formation and growth of this seminal band, and particularly the increasing struggles of fated lead-singer, Ian Curtis. This was handled with surprising candor and integrity, no small accomplishment.

Those with only a basic knowledge of the role Joy Division played in the renewal of both the post-punk music scene and Manchester will find this an informative documentary. In addition to retrospectives by all remaining band members, a well-balanced range of contributers comment on everything from the scene, to music production and cover art design, to the cultural influences behind the band's unique style.


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