Joy Division

Joy Division

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Director: Grant Gee, Tony Wilson, Martin Hannett, Peter Saville

Cast: Grant Gee, Tony Wilson, Martin Hannett, Peter Saville

     
 
Filmmaker Grant Gee speaks with now-deceased Factory Records founder Tony Wilson; legendary producer Martin Hannett; surviving Joy Division band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Peter Hook; and the late Ian Curtis's Belgian lover Annik Honoré in order to offer a vivid snapshot of the fleeting moment in time when Manchester's Joy

Overview

Filmmaker Grant Gee speaks with now-deceased Factory Records founder Tony Wilson; legendary producer Martin Hannett; surviving Joy Division band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Peter Hook; and the late Ian Curtis's Belgian lover Annik Honoré in order to offer a vivid snapshot of the fleeting moment in time when Manchester's Joy Division changed the face of modern music. Born in the bleak landscape of industrialized Manchester -- a city that once thrived as a center of 19th century manufacturing but was far removed from its halcyon days by the time the band was founded -- Joy Division combined the energy of punk rock with the anger and alienation of their generation to stunning effect. When he wasn't pouring every ounce of his personal energy into penning poetic lyrics for a band that seemed to thrive on chaos, volatile frontman Curtis supported his family by working in the civil service as an Assistant Disablement Resettlement Officer. In 1980, as the band was set to embark on their first-ever North American tour, Curtis took his own life at the age of 23. In addition to offering the remarkable story of Joy Division as told by the very people who were privileged enough to have been there at that crucial moment in musical history, Gee's film also offers a meditation on the city that was struggling to reinvent itself following a devastating collapse. While Curtis's widow Deborah does not appear onscreen, text from her biography Touching from a Distance appear as a constant reminder of her presence in the talented musician's brilliant but fleeting life.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
UPC:
0796019810272
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Transmission music video; Over 75 minutes of additional interviews

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Wilson Participant
Martin Hannett Participant
Peter Saville Participant
Stephen Morris Participant
Peter Hook Participant
Bernard Sumner Participant
Annik Honoré Participant
Malcolm Whitehead Participant
Lindsay Reade Participant
Ian Curtis Actor

Technical Credits
Grant Gee Director,Cinematographer
Tom Astor Producer
Tom Atencio Producer
Jerry Chater Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqui Edenbrow Producer
Rashad Omar Sound/Sound Designer
Jade Robledo Associate Producer
Jon Savage Consultant/advisor,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Joy Division
1. Start [4:26]
2. Punk [4:14]
3. Electric Circus [1:40]
4. The Joy Division [5:02]
5. Anthony H. Wilson [2:23]
6. Northern Soul [2:19]
7. Granada / Factory [5:30]
8. Fac 2 / Hannett [3:29]
9. Unknown Pleasures [3:54]
10. Disorder [8:57]
11. Belgium / Burroughs [5:02]
12. Dead Souls [4:15]
13. Autosuggestion [3:15]
14. Epilepsy [9:11]
15. Closer [5:45]
16. The Eternal [2:44]
17. Bury Riot [2:40]
18. Hypnotism [4:02]
19. May 18th [:39]
20. New Order [5:33]

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Joy Division 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lola_langusta More than 1 year ago
I already knew the story of Ian Curtis, but wanted to watch this because I love Joy Division so much. It's hard to think of all the surviving members as young men in their 20's and realize how easy it was for them to overlook all that was going on in Ian's life, but the film is fascinating and tragic and should be viewed by anyone who loves Joy Division.