Film Review: “Joy Division”

Photograph of Joy Division by Kevin Cummins

Back when Triple J’s Hottest 100 voters could choose the best music of all time, not just the current year’s releases, Joy Division‘s Love Will Tear Us Apart won top spot for the first two years, 1989 and 1990. Certain floppy-haired boys played me this melancholy pop song endlessly late at night. It was good, sure, but that significant? Having seen Director Grant Gee’s new documentary Joy Division, I now know why. I really know.

This. Is. A. Magnificent. Film.

Just watch the trailer to get a taste.

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If there were only 100 people on Earth…

Screenshot of Miniature Earth: 43 live without basic sanitation

… it’d look like what’s depicted in this short film, The Miniature Earth.

The text is from the late Donella Meadows’ State of the Village Report from 1990 but the movie, now in its third edition, has updated statistics.

It isn’t very new. It’s already been seen by 675,828 people on YouTube since it was posted in September 2006. But I thought it’d be worth giving it a plug.

A great way to spend three and a half minutes, I reckon.