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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