6 Nov 2007
Joy Division Premiere 
Grant Gee's 94 minute documentary 'Joy Division' has its European premiere at the Sheffield DocFest tomorrow night (Wed 7th November 2007).

Written by Jon Savage, 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."

The DocFest premiere (Wed 07 Nov 2007 19:00 - Showroom Cafe) will feature the premiere of the film itself.

A later screening will include a Q&A session with Tom Astor, Tom Atencio, Jerry Chater, Jacqui Edenbrow, Grant Gee, Peter Hook and Jon Savage (Wed 07 November 2007 21:45 - Showroom 4)

The final screening will also include a Q&A session with
Paul Sturtz, Grant Gee, Tom Astor and Jerry Chater (Fri 09 November 2007 22:15 - Showroom 4).

The final day of the festival will feature 'The Making of Joy Division': a masterclass involving Tom Astor, Jerry Chater, Jacqui Edenbrow, Grant Gee, Peter Hook, David Martin and Paul Morley (Sun 11 November 2007 15:00 - Pennine Theatre).

Tickets can be reserved by credit card via the box office on +44 (0) 114 275 7727.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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