Joy Division (2007)





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On June 4, 1976, four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester, England, went to see a Sex Pistols show at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. Inspired by the gig that is now credited with igniting the Manchester music scene, they formed what was to become one of the world's most influential bands, Joy Division. Now, 30 years later, despite a tragedy that was to cut them off in their prime, they are enjoying a larger audience and more influence than ever before, with a profound … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Savage
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2008
The Weinstein Company


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Critic Reviews for Joy Division

All Critics (4)

Energetic tell-all pic about the beginnings in 1976 of the legendary post-punk rock band from the grimy factory city of Manchester.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A revealing portrait of a ground-breaking band.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Empire Magazine

There will surely come a point when the mythology around Salford's most famous rock group will run dry, but it hasn't yet: this superbly made documentary by Grant Gee deserves to sit on DVD shelves everywhere as a companion piece to Control.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Daily Telegraph

This doco, following the release of Control, the dramatised biopic of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, is a thorough and engaging work that unravels the story of Joy Division in chronological order.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Joy Division


One of the best and honest accounts of one of the most influential rock bands you're ever likely to see. Glad to see a documentary about Joy Division that focuses on the band themselves. Really really worth the watch!

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer


Less accessible to newcomers to Joy Division than the estimable 'Control' but a treasure for fans with copious extras.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

A remarkably well made documentary about the band Joy Division, the city of Manchester and the music scene the sprung from there in the late 70's and which continues to be a vital source of talent and influence in the music industry today.

While I enjoyed this film immensely...I can't say that it is for everyone.

But if you have any interest in the bands Warsaw, Joy Division or New Order...or if you are a fan of the British music scene in general, you will no doubt find this a wonderful retrospective of not just an amazing band...but of an incredibly interesting and complex city as well.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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