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About The Music
With the focus of the film so heavily on the music, it was essential to recreate the live atmosphere that had put Manchester on the map. To achieve this Eaton and Winterbottom brought in Martin Moscrop, guitarist with A Certain Ratio, to oversee the live sets and teach the actors how to play the tunes note for note — some of whom had never picked up an instrument in their lives.

"They first sent me a script because A Certain Ratio are in the film" says Moscrop. "They sent me a script and a release form, and I wrote back saying I'd love to make a cameo appearance, and at the bottom I added a bit about how I could help the film musically. I forgot all about that letter, but that might have been what planted the seed with them." Moscrop was working at a studio at a local college when he first met Winterbottom. "Michael came down to the studio," he says, "and just started chatting to me about the studio and stuff. Then Mike and Nic (1st and 2nd AD's) came to my house to ask me if I could help recruit musicians. So from a few little meetings with people, it just seemed to escalate."

Moscrop's role was to ensure the pseudo-bands looked like the originals in their mannerisms and playing techniques. He also had to teach them to play the real thing, to look like they were hitting the right notes, playing the right chords, basslines, drum beats, etc. "There is nothing worse than seeing a film about music when the sound coming out of the speakers bears no relation to what the actors are playing on screen," says Moscrop. "When musicians watch films, they just pick holes in it" he adds. "I know it's really petty, but if it's a film about music, then that aspect of it should be correct."

Among the live recreations Moscrop oversaw was the Sex Pistols' first gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall, New Order and Happy Mondays gig at Manchester Apollo, Stone Roses and the Mondays in Battle of the Bands at the Hacienda, and Joy Division at The Russell Club. "I really liked working with Joy Division because all the actors were excellent. They were really hard workers, and would do a lot of research and take it very, very seriously. I liked working with the Mondays team, too. And it was great doing Siouxsie and the Banshees, because the gig we were recreating, I was there as a 16 or 17-year-old, so it brought back loads of memories." Another strange feeling for Moscrop was working with the actors to recreate the live performances of his own band, A Certain Ratio. "That was quite an emotional part of the process," he says.

Sean Harris, who plays Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis, studied his counterpart in depth up to and during production. He also perfected Curtis' infamous freaky dancing from watching video footage of Curtis on stage. "You just kind of soak yourself in all the videos and watch them," he says. "Of course you can't do what he did, really you can't, but you just try and be as close to it as you can. You've just got to let yourself go, even enjoy it in a way, which I have done. I enjoyed losing myself — moments of it were just fantastic, actually. As an actor you don't get many opportunities to do that."

Having never played guitar, Ralf Little took on the challenge of Joy Division and New Order bassist, Hooky. "I was a bit worried," he says. "The bass lines were simple enough. I mean ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart' — anyone that plays the guitar will just laugh at how un-diff

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