A feature length documentary tracing the early history of iconic Manchester record label Factory Records between 1978 & 1981.
The Facts and fictions are explored through candid interviews with 22 key participants, i...展开ncluding Anthony H. Wilson (founder) and Peter Saville (designer), as well as musicians including Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Vini Reilly (The Durutti Column), Simon Topping and Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio), Chris Watson (Cabaret Voltaire) and Howard Devoto (Buzzcocks/Magazine).
Other interviews include members of Section 25, Crispy Ambulance, The Names, Minny Pops, Swamp Children and Thick Pigeon, as well as other eyewitnesses and insiders such as Richard Boon, Annik Honoré, Lindsay Reade, Richard Jobson, Graham Massey and Killing Joke.
The film runs for 2 hours 15 minutes and is divided into 19 chapters, covering subjects such as The Factory Club, sleeve art and graphic design, genius producer Martin Hannett, the riot at the Joy Division concert at Bury in April 1980, the Factory Benelux connection, the tragic suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, the beginnings of New Order, and the decline of the post-punk culture in 1981.
Shadowplayers is based exclusively on new spoken word interviews, with soundtrack music by Section 25 and New Order, and rare images and graphics. The cover art is based on the first Factory design (FAC 1) by Peter Saville from 1978.
The DVD is NTSC format. DVD extras include individual profiles for each interviewee.
01 USE HEARING PROTECTION - The Factory Club, opened May 1978
02 A FACTORY SAMPLE - January 1979, Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire, John Dowie and Joy Division
03 FACTORY FOREMEN - Five heterosexual directors
04 UNKNOWN PLEASURES - Joy Division's debut album released in May 1979, produced by Martin Hannett
05 ZERO - Martin Hannett, record producer
06 SITUATIONIST GROUP - Vini Reilly and The Durutti Column
07 THE THIN BOYS - first single by A Certain Ratio, All Night Party, with no drummer
08 LARRY AND VINNY - Section 25 are from Blackpool, Lancashire
09 GET IN THE VAN - Heads, tales, Cocks and Jokers on the road
10 RUE DE MANCHESTER - Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire play Plan K, Brussels, 16 October 1979
11 THE RAINBOW - On 4 April 1980 Joy Division and Section 25 played two London venues
12 FACTORY BENELUX - Friends in Belgium (and Holland)
13 DISORDER - Bury Derby Hall, 8 April 1980
14 IN A LONELY PLACE - 18 May 1980. On the eve of Joy Division's first US tour, Ian Curtis hangs himself
15 BENEATH THE PAVEMENT - New Order debut at The Beach Club, Manchester, on 29 July 1980
16 OF FACTORY AMERICA - New Order and A Certain Ratio in New York, September 1980
17 FUTURISTS - The first New Order album, Movement, released in November 1981
18 CHOIR BOYS - Schoolboy lyrics and timbales
19 LIKE PUNK NEVER HAPPENED - New pop, old ways