Thursday, 4 October 2007
Ian Curtis , Control
Control is a biopic film about the late Ian Curtis (1956-1980), lead singer of the post-punk rock band Joy Division. The screenplay is based on the book Touching From a Distance, by Curtis' wife, Deborah, who is also a co-producer of the film.
The film details the life of the troubled young musician, who forged a new kind of music out of the punk rock scene of 1970s Britain, and the band Joy Division, which he headed from 1977 to 1980. It also deals with his rocky marriage and extramarital affair, as well as his increasingly frequent seizures, which were thought to contribute to the circumstances that led to his suicide on the eve of Joy Division's first U.S. tour.
The title is a reference to one of Joy Division's more memorable songs, "She's Lost Control". The song title is believed to be a reference to an epileptic girl Curtis befriended while working at a rehabilitation center in Manchester. The girl died during a seizure and thus inspired the title.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, on 17 May 2007 (coincidentally one day prior to the anniversary of Curtis' suicide), where it was received well by the critics, especially for Sam Riley's performance. Although shown outside the Palme d'Or competition, Control was the big winner of the Director's Fortnight winning the CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film, the "Regards Jeunes" Prize award for best first or second directed feature film and the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film in the sidebar.
Mp3 | Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart [Permanent Mix]
Mp3 | Joy Division - Heart and Soul
Video | Joy Division - Atmosphere
Trailer | Control the Movie
Producer Anton Corbijn