In 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester, went to see the Sex Pistols. They formed a band, Joy Division. Three years later it was a matter of art, life and death. Now thirty years later, they are enjoying a larger audience and more influence than ever before with a profound legacy that resonates fiercely in today's heavily careerist music industry and over-mediated pop culture. Featuring the unprecedented participation of the surviving band members (now known as New Order), the film examines the band's story as depicted through never-before-seen live performance footage, personal photos, period films and newly discovered audiotapes. With poignant narratives from surviving members of the band - Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris - as well as accounts from Throbbing Gristle musician Genesis P. Orridge, late legendary Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, iconic Factory Records graphic artist Peter Saville, photographer/filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Belgian journalist Annik Honore and others, the film is a fresh visual account of a time and place. From director Grant Gee and producers Tom Atenico, Tom Astor and Jacqui Edenbrow, Joy Division chronicles a time of great social and political change in England and tells the untold story of four men who transcended economic and cultural barriers to produce an enduring musical legacy.
The last word on Joy Division
- Joy Division review by JB
There's been much mythologising of the Joy Division story, but this sets the record straight. The people who were there (and are still with us) tell the story of what really happened in this stylish documentary. It puts their bleak northern soul into context and will make you rush to play the records again.
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good if you like joy division
- Joy Division review by JW
started watching this film thinking it wasnt a documenatary..but it was! ok if you like joy division which if im honest there a bit miserable! dont mind the odd new order tune! the film doesnt really go into any great depth,which if it did would of made it a lot better! i didnt see nothing on this film that i havent seen or heard before about joy division.worth a look at if your a big joy division fan otherwise most people arent that interested,because in my opinion they werent anything special.