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Joy Division (2007)

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

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Grant Gee

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Jon Savage
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Boon Richard Boon ... Himself
Anton Corbijn ... Himself
Kevin Cummins Kevin Cummins ... Himself
Ian Curtis ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Dickinson Bob Dickinson ... Himself
Lesley Gilbert Lesley Gilbert ... Herself
Iain Gray Iain Gray ... Himself
Rob Gretton Rob Gretton ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Hannett Martin Hannett ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan Hempsall Alan Hempsall ... Himself - Crispy Ambulance Singer
Annik Honoré Annik Honoré ... Herself
Peter Hook ... Himself
Joy Division ... Themselves (archive footage)
Richard H. Kirk Richard H. Kirk ... Himself - Cabaret Voltaire
Terry Mason Terry Mason ... Himself - Manager and Roadie
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

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Their own story in their own words.

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English

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2 May 2008 (UK) See more »

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Performed by Joy Division
Licensed courtesy of London Records 90 Ltd
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 redmeccaSee 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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