24 Hour Party People | 2002

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

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Main Plot

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.


  • Steve Coogan's character, Tony Wilson, serves as the narrator and central figure in the Manchester music scene.
  • Lennie James's character, Alan Erasmus, plays a key role as the manager of Factory Records in the film.
  • John Thomson plays the role of the musician, Pete Garner, who is a member of the band, The Animals.


In the ending of "24 Hour Party People," Tony Wilson, played by Steve Coogan, reflects on his role in the Manchester music scene and the rise and fall of Factory Records. He acknowledges the influence and importance of the artists he worked with, such as Joy Division and Happy Mondays. The film concludes with Wilson expressing his optimism for the future of music and his desire to continue supporting and promoting new talent.

Michael Winterbottom