From the birth of punk to the death of acid house...Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan), Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then the Happy Mondays, who become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70s to the early 90s, the movie documents the vibrancy that made it the one place in the world that you'd most like to be. In 24 Hour Party People, Tony Wilson tells his own unique story in his own unique way - for the very first time. Reliving one of the most exciting pop culture explosions in recent history and setting the record straight, Wilson's amazing story is one hell of a read.
Tony Wilson is the founder of Factory Records and owner of the Hacienda. He began his extraordinary career as a Granada TV weatherman and continues to work in journalism, television and the media industry.