Control

Biographical drama about Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division.

Control
United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Japan, France 2007
  • Czech
127 min.
15+
About

Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980. In this time we see Curtis grow from David Bowie-infatuated teen to Sex Pistols-inspired punk, and eventually to rising new wave star. The movie explores the pressures he felt, from his epilepsy, a failing marriage, his new lover, and a band that relied on him – all in an attempt to explain his decision to hang himself at the age of 23.

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Credits
Directed by: Anton Corbijn
Based on: Deborah Curtis
Screenplay: Matt Greenhalgh
Camera: Martin Ruhe
Music: New Order
Editing: Andrew Hulme
Design: Chris Roope
Production: Anton Corbijn, Todd Eckert, Orian Williams
Coproduction: Deborah Curtis, Megumi Fukasawa, Peter Heslop, Tony Wilson, Satoru Iseki
Actors: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, James Anthony Pearson, Harry Treadaway, Craig Parkinson, Toby Kebbell
Awards

Cannes Film Festival

2007 – Anton Corbijn (Golden Camera - Special Mention)

Cannes Film Festival

2007 – Anton Corbijn (Regards Jeunes Prize)

British Independent Film Awards

2007 – Anton Corbijn (Best Director)

British Independent Film Awards

2007 – Sam Riley (Most Promising Newcomer)

Chicago International Film Festival

2007 – Sam Riley (Best Actor)

Chicago International Film Festival

2007 – Matt Greenhalgh (Best Screenplay)

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