Joy Division

Director Grant Gee
United Kingdom / 96 min. / 2007 / English

Solitary creatures moulded by monochromatic industrial Manchester (co-star in the film), punks that swapped rage for angst, and the shadow of  Ian Curtis eclipsing it all.  A strangely luminous analysis of a legendary, dark group. 

Available at IN-EDIT TV


Rarely has a documentary shown a spirit so unified to its subject matter: dark, framed in a background as grey as the world it represents. Joy Division: solitary creature moulded by industrial Manchester (a clear co-star of the film), inspired and well-read pinks that swapped rage for angst under the leadership of the legendary Ian Curtis, civil servant by day and damned poet by night. Joy Division, a group both legendary and impenetrable that is explained here from past to present, as much through cultural context (yesterday singles, today iTunes) as urban landscape (in the section entitled “Things that are no longer here”) And witnesses, of course: the three remaining members (Bernard Summer, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook), their producer Martin Hannett, the owner of Factory, Tony Wilson, Curtis’ Belgian lover, and many more. The shadow of Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in 1980, hovers over the film like a storm about to strike full pelt, and a zillion brilliant visual touches and archive images help saint the monochromatic tone of the documentary. A strangely illuminating analysis of a group that went beyond transcendence. 


Showing format


in festivals
Beefeater In-Edit 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, BAFICI, CPH:DOX

Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Jacqui Edenbrow

Jon Savage

Jerry Chater

Grant Gee

Sound designer
Jerry Chater

Tom Astor, Jaqui Edenbrow, Tom Atencio

Film company
Hudson Productions Ltd, Brown Owl Films

Film distributor
Katapult Film Sales

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