Twenty Four Hour Party People is a film about the Manchester music scene centered around the rise and fall of Factory Records from 1976 to 1992. Factory was founded by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus and were the management team behind Joy Division (later to become New Order after the death of the lead singer), The Happy Mondays and James.
As the film is about real life people and events it is largely biopic in style and whilst I found it funny and interesting in places it did seem very over hyped in places. Also to be fair to the movie I was not a big fan of the Manchester “indie” music scene myself so the film doesn’t have the same level of interest for me that it could have had if it was about another record label and musical era which I was more “into”.
There’s plenty of familiar faces in the film (nice to see Steve Coogan in a more “serious” role for him), many of which would of course go on to become very well known actors: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Ralph Little, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Andy Serkis, Rob Brydon, John Simm & Peter Kay.
I give it 5 out of 10.
You can purchase this film on DVD (Doesn’t appear to have made it to Blu Ray yet) from eBay for £7.99* or from Amazon. The one with the more “yellow” sleeve is the 2 disc version with special features, the other one the standard “vanilla” issue:
*All prices correctly shown at time this post was created.