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JOY DIVISION DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE AT 2007 TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
) - Published 2007-08-23 9:22:00 AM - 9:22:00 AM
Spotlighting a short-lived yet long-influential post-punk band of the late 1970s, the feature-length documentary Joy Division will premiere at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. The US/UK co-production is written and directed by Grammy nominee Grant Gee (Radiohead’s Meeting People Is Easy, Gorillaz’ Demon Days Live) and co-written by acclaimed journalist and writer Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond). The producers are Tom Astor and Tom Atencio of Hudson Productions Ltd., and Brown Owl Films’ Jacqui Edenbrow.
In 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester who went to see the Sex Pistols, founded Joy Division, “the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy, but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the ‘80s,” according to AllMusic.com. The documentary explores the profound legacy of the band’s collective musical genius and singular vision as well as their continued influence over thirty years.
Featuring the unprecedented participation of the surviving band members (commonly 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 audio tapes. With poignant narratives from the surviving members of the band Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, as well as accounts from musician Genesis P. Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle), the late, legendary Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, iconic Factory Records graphic artist Peter Saville, photographer/ filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Annik Honoré and others, the film is a fresh visual account of a time and place. 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.
“We’re honored that the Toronto International Film Festival has chosen to show Joy Division,” stated Atencio. “This is a powerful story about one of the most innovative and influential bands of their era and their legacy is one that resonates in today's music industry.”
Thanks to Gina Lang for the submission and informations
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