"The year 1980 may seem like a long time ago, but Grant Gee's picture is so immediate, and so alive, that it may as well have been yesterday." – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"An informative, enlightening study of the group in an imaginatively assembled compilation of TV clips, newsreel footage, pictures of Manchester and new interviews." – Phillip French, The Guardian UK
SCREENING ONE NIGHT ONLY! TORONTO THEATRICAL PREMIERE!
Friday February 5, 2010, 7:30 PM
The Acacia Centre (formerly Golden Classics Cinema)
186 Spadina Avenue, between Queen and Sullivan
TICKETS: 10$ Advance, 12$ Door
Buy tickets online now!
On June 4, 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester, England went to see the Sex Pistols. Inspired by the gig that is now credited with igniting the Manchester music scene, they formed a band, Joy Division. Three years later the lead singer, Ian Curtis committed suicide just as they were on the brink of worldwide success.
Director Grant Gee (Radiohead's Meeting People Is Easy) and writer Jon Savage (England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond) investigate why Joy Division's collective musical genius and singular vision enjoys an even larger audience and influence thirty years on.
Featuring the unprecedented participation of the surviving members of Joy Division, now known as New Order, the film chronicles a time of great social and political change in England of the mid-1970's. The band's remarkable story is depicted through never-before-seen live performance footage, photographs, period films and newly unearthed audio tapes.
This account of a time and place is coupled with present tense accounts from band members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, plus key characters including friend and musician Genesis P. Orridge, the late Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, graphic artist Peter Saville, photographer/filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Belgian journalist Annik Honoré (speaking for the first time about her relationship with Ian Curtis) and others.
Joy Division (2008, UK, 93 minutes, video) Directed by Grant Gee. Written by Jon Savage // RATED 14-A
Advance tickets available at the following locations:
-Online at imagesfestival.com/store (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX or PayPal. NO service charges)
-Soundscapes, 572 College Street, west of Manning (CASH ONLY)
-Queen Video, 412 Queen Street West, west of Spadina (Cash, Credit, Debit)
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SPECIAL THANKS TO: The Acacia Centre and Alliance Films.