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In 'From the End to the Beginning: The Joy Division Films', Holman focuses on 'Joy Division: A Film by Malcolm Whitehead'. Shot on Hannimex/Agfa 8mm film and interspersing Bowdon Vale Youth Club gig and JD rehearsal room footage with Malcolm's prescient political warnings of the British fascism to come, it became an integral part of the Joy Div doc. A "film within a film":
"A film in which Joy Division appear as themselves, or as us, or as we wanted to be, while outside Manchester looms, cold and decrepit, unrecognisable to the tourists on the Factory Records bus tour" (Jamie Holman).
"Well, a bloke rang me up from Berlin and, honestly, I was so innocent then I sent him the actual film. They played it and played it, god knows how many showings they did. Luckily i'd swamped it in film preserver and scratch resister" (Malcolm Whitehead).
"It captures the mood of impending doom, or, as Malcolm says in the documentary 'bad moon rising': Thatcher, Anderton etc." (Jon Savage).
Art&Music Issue 2 >> Summer 2008 is now available, free of charge, at selected London venues.
"...legal issues dictate that you will never see the film as it was originally intended".
Many thanks to Gemma at Art&Music, and Brian for the heads up.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography