How 24 Hour Party People Put an Anarchic Spin on the Music Biopic

Looking back on the 20th anniversary of Michael Winterbottom’s unconventionally honest Factory biopic.

“Music biopics are often uncomplicated affairs.  Perhaps due to the trade-off required in order to secure the rights to an artist’s back catalogue, a great many function like brand extensions rather than dramatically engaging examinations of the people behind the music.  Lip-service may be paid to their ‘flaws’, but the narrative will ultimately bend over backwards to create a redemption arc because of the music they created.  More than the results being antithetical to convincing drama, they’re often just plain boring.  Mythmaking in a manner that sands off a subject’s specific aura to make them more like everyone else who’s been the subject of one of these.  A Notorious B.I.G. biopic and a Tupac Shakur biopic should not be functionally interchangeable from one another, and yet…”

Full article exclusively on Little White Lies (link).

Callie Petch is caught between two lives.

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