* ActorAllusion: Taken almost to RecursiveReality levels. Steve Coogan, who played Tony Wilson, based his comedy character [[Series/ImAlanPartridge Alan Partridge]] partly on Tony Wilson, and there are notable similarities between how the characters are presented.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Nearly every big British actor and comedian of 2002 is in this movie. Just check out the cast list on IMDb.
** In a similar vein, there's also a lot of cameos from real-life figures in the Madchester / Hacienda scene.
** In particular, the gutter philosopher claiming to be Boethius may have actually been there just to inspire Tony Wilson. It wouldn't be [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston the Doctor's strangest mission]].