Joy Division (2007 film)

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Joy Division
Joy Division (2007 film).jpg
British release poster
Directed by Grant Gee
Produced by Tom Astor
Tom Atencio
Jacqui Edenbrow
Written by Jon Savage
Starring Bernard Sumner
Peter Hook
Stephen Morris
Peter Saville
Tony Wilson
Music by Joy Division
Cinematography Grant Gee
Edited by Jerry Chater
Distributed by The Works (UK)
The Weinstein Company (US)
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Joy Division is a 2007 British documentary film on the British post-punk band Joy Division, directed by Grant Gee.

The film assembles TV clips, newsreel, pictures of modern Manchester and Manchester in the late 1970s, and interviews. The interviewees include the three surviving members of the group, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Pete Shelley (of Buzzcocks), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle), Alan Hempsall (of Crispy Ambulance), Paul Morley, Terry Mason, Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, and Belgian journalist Annik Honoré, with whom Ian Curtis was having an affair.[1]

Film critic Philip French: "Someone says in the film that the revolutionary step they made was to progress from the usual punk group's angry statement: 'Fuck you.' Joy Division were the first to say: 'We're fucked.' There is a particularly impressive sequence in which dark, despairing tracks of urban alienation and angst from the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures are accompanied by a speeded-up nocturnal journey around Manchester. It has the hallucinatory sci-fi feeling of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville."[1] The person being quoted was Tony Wilson.


  1. ^ a b The Observer Review, 4 May 2008

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