|Joy Division on film:|
Party People (2002)
Control: The Ian Curtis Film (2007)
All The Time (2007)
Joy Division (2008)
Malcom Whitehead's film
|Which Joy Division concerts were filmed?|
Vale March 1979
Leigh Festival August 1979
Plan K October 1979
Apollo October 1979
Rainbow Theatre 1979
Club Vera 1980
24 Hour Party People - Click to go to full listing
Control: The Ian Curtis Biopic - Click to go to full listing
|An 8mm film premiered at the Scala Cinema, London,
on September 13 1979, comprising:
No City Fun - Joy Division (12 min)
All Night Party - A Certain Ratio (3 min)
Red Dress - Ludus (3 min)
Joy Division - a film by Malcom Whitehead (17 min) - see listing below for details
No City Fun was filmed by 20 year old Charles Salem. Based on Liz Naylor's article in Manchester City's City Fun fanzine, it features music from Unknown Pleasures.
|This 17 minute film was included in The Factory
Flick - see above listing.
Features footage of the band in rehearsal at TJ Davidson March or April 79 with various soundtracks dubbed over the top including speeches by Anderton (the Manchester Police chief at the time) and the SS oath of allegiance. There's an interview with Joy Division's manager Rob Gretton recorded March 23rd 1979 and 3 songs fom Bowden Vale 14 March 79. We guess these are probably the same ones that are on the Substance video ie She's Lost Control, Shadowplay, Leaders of Men.
Apparently this was considered for inclusion on the Here Are The Young Men video but the band didn't like the idea.
|Note: Song 1 etc indicates where the song was in the setlist on the night of the concert.|
|She's Lost Control (released on
Substance) Song 1 on the night
Shadowplay (released on Substance) Song 2
Leaders Of Men (released on Substance) Song 3
Super-8. These are the first 3 songs of the concert and
Leaders Of Men is cut short.
A 200 ft Super-8 cartridge running at 24 frames per second would only last 12 - 14 minutes before cutting out and that's what appears to have happened here. This piece of film is actually less than 12 minutes long but there appear to be two camera angles, one from the back of the audience, and one from the back of the stage. Perhaps the cameraman ran to the back of the stage to get footage during a later song and those images were edited into the tracks above. Click here for Super-8 technical info.
|There has been a persistent but
unlikely rumour that the Leigh
Festival performance was filmed and early in 2007
someone who was heavily involved with the planning and running
of the event stated he'd been handed the film by one of the
festival crew. It supposedly included the entire Joy Division
set along with backstage footage including Ian Curtis. Recorded
on film not video, with sound, and described as "pretty good"
quality it seemed too good to be true ...
It's now several years on and so far no evidence has emerged to prove any film exists. Not even a screen shot.
|In May 2005, Brian Nicholson from
ikon& unearthed the video of the whole concert. and exerpts
were shown as part of the 25th Anniversary evening at Barzooka
in Blackburn. This is the only known copy of this footage.
The video is second generation, 42 minutes long, and most of the songs have been crash edited on to this tape at some point. The original footage was shot on an early domestic VHS portapak set up.
LWTUA (with about 1 min missing from the start)
New Dawn Fades
She's Lost Control
Interzone (the encore)
We always knew at least part of this concert was filmed as there is some slow motion footage on HATYM. However that was all we knew for 25 years.
It is possible that it was filmed for a planned TV documentary as Ian Curtis mentions this in the Alan Hempsall interview / feature 'A Day Out With Joy Division'
"In Belgium we did this TV show, it was a compilation of various things. There was us, Cabaret Voltaire and William Burroughs who was reading from his new book "The Third Mind". Afterwards we got introduced to him and I asked if he had any spare but he hadn't. As well as that there was these guys on the show making nasty noises on violins and shouting every so often, really awful." - Ian Curtis
We have never heard of any such documentary and, of course, Ian may have been misquoted or simply assumed the film was intended for TV.
thanks to ikon&
|According to "The Factory Story" the final 2 Buzzcocks tour gigs 9 & 10 November 1979 were heavily taped & filmed. We suspect they're getting mixed up with the films of the two Apollo gigs above.|
|Digital (released on HATYM)
Song 2 on the night
New Dawn Fades (HATYM) Song 3
Colony (HATYM) Song 4
Autosuggestion (HATYM) Song 10
|There were 16 songs in total
Filmed on Super-8. Each song appears to have been filmed on a separate 50 foot cartridge which would last 2 minutes 30 seconds at a film speed of 24fps (frames per second). The movement on Autosuggestion looks a little strange because they slowed the speed down to 18fps in an attempt to fit the whole song on.
Click here for Super-8 technical info.
It has been rumoured that this venue had a policy of
videotaping concerts at this time. However we contacted the
venue and they were adamant they didn't start doing this until
long after the Joy Division gig. It's also been rumoured
the concert was filmed for TV.