Director Michael Winterbottom
Year 2002
Starring Steve Coogan, Lennie James, Paddy Considine, Andy Serkis
Rating R
Run Time 117min
More Info IMDb

"Most of all, I love Manchester. The crumbling warehouses, the railway arches, the cheap abundant drugs. That's what did it in the end. Not the money, not the music, not even the guns. That is my heroic flaw: my excess of civic pride." - Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan)

In 1976, Cambridge educated tv personality Tony Wilson attends a small crowd of music tastemakers for the very first gig of a little known band, The Sex Pistols. Inspired by the performance and the blossoming music scene, Tony and friends set up their own record label, Factory Records.  First signing Joy Division (later to become New Order) then James, The Durutti Column and Happy Mondays.  

The only way to see the latest and greatest (or any at all) of the punk music scene you had to tune into Tony's regional Manchester show featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, The Clash, A Certain Ratio, The Jam and other genre defining acts. Wilson and friends would eventually go on to open the industry standard of dance clubs, The Hacienda.  What defines Tony's prolific career is surrounding himself (usually by luck) with some of the most talented musicians of the 20th century. This is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters and the birth of a new culture.

This film documents the genesis of punk rock in the late 70s, the new wave of 80s 'Madchester' scene and on into the ecstasy fueled rave culture of the early 90s. What should be a very mundane docudrama / biopic is a genre breaking and deconstructing picture that blends fact, fiction, myth, urban legends and rumor into one prolific jaunt through musical history.  Michael Winterbottom (director of TRISTAM AND SHANDY, THE TRIP and frequent Steve Coogan collaborator) creates a fantastically unique music experience exploring a broken narrative of the most defining moments in a modern Manchester community and cultivate music around the world. (Aaron Prescott)

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