4 Apr 2006
Keith Allen to host Manchester Passion 
Manchester Passion, a modern retelling of the Easter story set to Manchester music from Joy Division via The Smiths to Oasis, is to be hosted by Keith Allen according to the BBC. Manchester connections run deep with the actor (The Comic Strip Presents 'Gino: Full Story and Pics', Manchester gangster movie 'Shooting Stars', rag trade drama 'Making Out', 24 Hour Party People) and occasional songwriter (World In Motion) who is a long-time friend of New Order.

The Factory connections don't end there because Tim Booth (ex-James) is to play the role of Judas.

Other stars' names, such as Bez, were mooted when the Passion idea was first conceived but it seems most were never going to participate or have since withdrawn.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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