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The North and Europe in 24 Hour Party People and Control

  • Ewa MazierskaEmail author
  • Kamila Rymajdo


24 Hour Party People (2002) by Michael Winterbottom and Control (2007) by Anton Corbijn are fictionalised biographies of famous people, who left their mark on popular music in the North of England. These are Tony Wilson (1950–2007), known as ‘Mr Manchester’ due to his effort to build in his city a music industry independent from London and Ian Curtis (1956–1980), the lead singer of Joy Division, signed to Wilson’s record label, Factory Records. The chapter argues that the films’ protagonists attempt to overcome their predicament of living in an English province by getting closer, literally and metaphorically, to (continental) Europe. This strategy pays off, because Europe proves more receptive to their ideas and their art than the national centre. Hence, while the South of England is presented in them as a colonial ‘other’, Europe is seen as a ‘friendly other’.


Family Firm European Culture Popular Music Music Industry Famous Person 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Film StudiesUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Creative WritingKingston UniversityKingstonUK

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