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Joy Division (15)

PUBLISHED: 15:16 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010

Joy Division (15) www.joydivisionmovie.co.uk Another day another documentary, however, this time the subject matter is a great deal more loved than Osama Bin Laden, writes Alex Wellman. Joy Division, pictured, was one

Joy Division (15)

www.joydivisionmovie.co.uk

Another day another documentary, however, this time the subject matter is a great deal more loved than Osama Bin Laden, writes Alex Wellman.

Joy Division, pictured, was one of the most influential bands of the late 70's and this film of the same name charts their chequered history.

Beginning in Manchester circa 1976 the film shows how the four piece started after witnessing a performance by the Sex Pistols.

During the 100 minutes we are given a personal show of how the band were formed, performed and then fell apart.

Although front man Ian Curtis died in 1980, the film shows that the songs the band wrote and sung still hit home almost 30 years later.

Archive footage is mixed with interviews with the surviving members of the band and those who were in the mix at the time.

There are a few unseen clips to excite the diehard fans and as always the fantastic music is eternally enjoyable.

While those unfamiliar with the group might not find much to interest them, there is enough in Joy Division for even the faintest of fans to get their teeth into.

Despite coming shortly after Control, the dramatised version of Curtis' life, Joy Division shows that there is still a great hunger for this enigmatic and brilliant group.

Great stuff.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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