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Solstices Film Festival: 24 Hour Party People

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Solstices Film Festival, in association with The Whitaker, presents a screening of 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, the 2002 British comedy-drama about Manchester’s popular music scene.

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom, it stars Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Shirley Henderson, Andy Serkis, Mark E. Smith, John Simm and Paddy Considine.  Manchester, 1976: Tony Wilson (Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamouring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.

Running time: 1hr 57 mins.

Tickets cost £6.50 per person and must be booked in advance. (Cert 18)

Part of the inaugural Solstices Film Festival (Fri 22 - Sun 24 June), organised by local community group Solstices and presented in association with The Whitaker.  On the evening, the screening will be complemented by Madchester Northern bands, The Hooping Harlots, circus performers and more in the courtyard from 8.30pm; there's no charge for the outdoor entertainment, but there'll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands, dancers and performers deserve.