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Control -- A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

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Deborah Curtis (book)
Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
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12 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 30 wins & 27 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Sam Riley ... Ian Curtis

Samantha Morton ... Debbie Curtis

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Annik Honore

Joe Anderson ... Peter Hook aka Hooky

James Anthony Pearson ... Bernard Sumner

Harry Treadaway ... Steve Morris
Craig Parkinson ... Tony Wilson

Toby Kebbell ... Rob Gretton
Andrew Sheridan ... Terry
Robert Shelly ... Twinny

Richard Bremmer ... Mr. Curtis - Ian's Father
Tanya Myers ... Ian's Mother
Martha Myers Lowe ... Ian's Sister (as Martha Myers-Lowe)

Matthew McNulty ... Nick
David Whittington ... Chemistry Teacher
Margaret Jackman ... Mrs. Brady
Mary Jo Randle ... Debbie's Mother (as Mary-Jo Randle)
Ben Naylor ... Martin Hannet
John Cooper Clarke ... Himself
James Fortune ... MC
Angus Addenbrooke ... Colin

Nicola Harrison ... Corrine
June Alliss ... Corrine's Mother

George Newton ... Studio Owner
Mark Jardine ... Other Band Manager

Herbert Grönemeyer ... Local GP
Paul Arlington ... Hospital Doctor

Tim Plester ... Earnest
Joanna Swain ... Maternity Nurse
Joseph Marshall ... Alan from Crispy Ambulance
Laura Chambers ... Claire

Eliot Otis Brown Walters ... Footballing Kid (as Elliot Brown-Walters)
Monica Axelsson ... Tony Wilson's Girlfriend
Lotti Closs ... Gillian Gilbert
Eady Williams ... Baby Natalie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nigel Harris ... Tramp (uncredited)

Directed by
Anton Corbijn 
 
Writing credits
Deborah Curtis (book "Touching from a Distance")

Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)

Produced by
Iain Canning .... executive producer
Anton Corbijn .... producer
Deborah Curtis .... co-producer
Todd Eckert .... producer
Lizzie Francke .... executive producer
Megumi Fukasawa .... co-producer
Peter Heslop .... co-producer
Peter Heslop .... line producer
Satoru Iseki .... co-producer
Akira Ishii .... executive producer
Korda Marshall .... executive producer
Orian Williams .... producer
Tony Wilson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
New Order 
 
Cinematography by
Martin Ruhe 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
 
Production Design by
Chris Roope 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
Tim Stevenson (additional art director)
 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Taylor .... hairdresser
Barbara Taylor .... makeup assistant
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Andy Seston .... makeup daily (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Foster .... second assistant director
Toni Staples .... first assistant director
Katy Stenson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Natalia Czuplak .... props
Rory Davis .... assistant props
Greyham Feehily .... carpenter
Josh Fifarek .... set designer
Peter Johnson .... carpenter
Cassie Leedham .... graphic designer
Simon Morrissey .... property master
Mike Osborne .... art department trainee (as Michael Osborne)
Sarah Jane Reichert .... art department trainee
Chris Richmond .... stand-by art director
Leedham Riff .... property master
Daz Spencer-Lovesey .... set dresser
John Steppings .... buyer (as John A. Steppings)
Tim Stevenson .... set constructor
Kip Walker .... supervising stand-by propman
Matt Wells .... props
 
Sound Department
Iain Anderson .... adr recordist
Nick Baldock .... assistant sound editor
Peter Baldock .... dialogue editor
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor: UK
Grant Bridgeman .... sound assistant
Ben Carr .... assistant adr editor
Daniel Crowley .... sound maintenance (as Dan Crowley)
Anders Degerberg .... sound mastering
Carl Edström .... sound effects editor
Adele Fletcher .... adr editor
Linda Forsén .... sound coordinator
Anna Gideonsson .... foley trainee
Thomas Huhn .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Huhn .... supervising sound editor: Sweden
Jonas Jansson .... sound effects editor
John Midgley .... sound recordist
Lucas Nilsson .... foley artist
Gábor Pasztor .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gabor Pasztor)
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
Gianni Pallotto .... re-recording mixer: italian dubbing (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Iain Finlay .... visual effects camera operator
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Jonas Jangvad .... digital intermediate scanner
Fredrik Nord .... digital effects artist
Peter Törnestam .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Riky Ash .... stunt coordinator
Riky Ash .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Alexander .... Steadicam operator
Paul Alexander .... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Batten .... additional camera operator
Tim Battersby .... focus puller
Robert Binnall .... camera operator
Steve Campbell .... electrician
Rachel Clark .... camera trainee (as Rachel Clarke)
Andy Clarke .... rigging gaffer (as Andrew Clarke)
Warwick Drucker .... grip
Warwick Drucker .... key grip
Jonathan Earp .... focus puller: "b" camera
Tom Fabian .... crane operator
Brian Fawcett .... electrician
Mick Lord .... stand-by rigger
Howard Roe .... dayman
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
Christopher Ross .... camera operator
Basil Smith .... daily focus puller
Barry Squires .... camera assistant
Owen Tooth .... video playback assistant
Julian White .... gaffer
Jim Wilkinson .... crane operator
Micky Wilson .... generator operator (as Mick Wilson)
Sophie Wilson .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Benjamin Till .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shahida Day .... key costumer (as Shajda Day)
Simone Grace .... wardrobe assistant
Fiona MacKinnon .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Maria Dahlin .... post-production coordinator
Helen de Winter .... delivery coordinator
Mats Holmgren .... colour grader
Richard Lloyd .... post production supervisor
Barry Moen .... first assistant editor
Patty Papageorgiou .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Rupert Christie .... music mixer: live music
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Maloy Liam .... band rehearsal coach
Roger Lyons .... score engineer
Roger Lyons .... score recordist
John Midgley .... music engineer: live music
John Midgley .... music recordist: live music
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Roy Osborn .... driver: camera truck
John Oxborough .... unit driver (as Honest John Oxborough)
Rod Patterson .... transportation captain
Will Petty .... driver: rushes
Mick Stanton .... driver
 
Other crew
Tonino Accolla .... italian dialogue/dubbing manager: italian dubbing
Monica Axelsson .... assistant to director
Lorraine Bagshaw .... stand-in
Joanna Bates .... assistant production accountant
Kellie Belle .... product placement and clearances
Katie Bleakley .... production runner
Andrew Brand .... floor runner
Lesley Broderick .... post-production accountant
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Paul Brown .... executive: warner bros. music
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Vicky Chapman .... location assistant
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach
Lee Clyne .... unit medic
Paul Dray .... laboratory contact
Zoe Flower .... unit publicist
Gezi Grakwsi .... executive: warner bros. music
Dan Hodgett .... location services
Ruth Hodgson .... completion guarantor: film finances
Sally Hodgson .... communications executive: EM Media
Christophe Ingrand .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Rob Jones .... location manager
Simon Jones .... tranport coordinator: London
Hakan Kousetta .... production legal advisor
Emily Lappin .... head of communications: EM Media
Anna Lindqvist .... title designer: main and end titles
Al Mackay .... location assistant (as Alastair Mackay)
Andrew Mackie .... production executive
Louise Melzack .... additional floor runner
Tessa Mendelsson .... assistant production legal advisor
Nick Miller .... assistant production legal advisor
Keeley Naylor .... unit publicist: EM Foundation
Jonathan Page .... finance and operations manager
Tina Pawlik .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Payten .... general manager: Dendy Films
Rachel Robey .... production coordinator
Peter Saville .... titles consultant
Alexandra Shipp .... product placement and clearances
Nic Smith .... location services
Masazumi Watanabe .... business affairs: IFF/CINV
Val White .... script supervisor
Christina Withers .... assistant: Samantha Morton
Ali Yap .... sales and events coordinator
Emma Yeomans .... location scout
Fabrice Allard .... press attache: france (uncredited)
Sophie Bataille .... press attache: france (uncredited)
Roberta Schiavoni .... assistant dubbing manager: italian post-synchronized version (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Monica Axelsson .... special thanks
Rebecca Boulton .... special thanks
David Bowie .... special thanks
Bart Chabot .... special thanks
Doreen Curtis .... special thanks
Natalie Curtis .... special thanks
Paul Dray .... special thanks
Caroline Elleray .... special thanks
Steve Ellis .... special thanks
Josh Fifarek .... special thanks
Brandon Flowers .... special thanks
Martin Gore .... special thanks (as Martin L. Gore)
Chris Grayes .... special thanks
Herbert Grönemeyer .... special thanks
Charles Hannah .... special thanks
Doug Hart .... special thanks
Annik Honoré .... special thanks
Laura Kanerick .... special thanks
Henric Larsson .... special thanks
Steve Levy .... special thanks
Martina Martin .... special thanks
Alexandra McGuinness .... special thanks
Clare Moak .... special thanks
Paul Morley .... special thanks
New Order .... special thanks
Kate Ogborn .... special thanks
Iggy Pop .... special thanks
Mark Price .... special thanks
Tracey Pryor .... special thanks
Ian Ramage .... special thanks
Lou Reed .... special thanks
Mark Reeder .... special thanks
Andrew Robinson .... special thanks
Mick Rock .... special thanks
Jackie Rowden .... special thanks: Lee Lighting
Peter Saville .... special thanks
John Seymour .... special thanks
Siouxsie and the Banshees .... special thanks
Torben Smith .... special thanks (as Dr. Torben Smith)
David Sultan .... special thanks
Robert Walak .... special thanks
Graham Ward .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
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122 min
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Trivia:
When Joy Division are about to make their first television appearance they are warned by Tony Wilson that he will cut them off if they swear at any point. He also tells them to trust him as he knows when you can and can't swear on TV. This is probably a nod to years later, when in real life Tony Wilson was suspended from his job at Granada for swearing into a microphone that he didn't realize was on.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Joy Division is shown performing "Transmission" on Tony Wilson's television show in September 1978, but in reality, they performed "Shadowplay". The performance that is represented in this scene actually took place a year later in September 1979 on the BBC2 program "Something Else", when they performed "Transmission" (a performance which was used as the music video for the song) and "She's Lost Control".See more »
Quotes:
Annik Honore:Ian...
Ian Curtis:Hmm?
Annik Honore:I'm a little scared.
Ian Curtis:Scared of what?
Annik Honore:Scared of falling in love with you.
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Soundtrack:
She's Lost ControlSee more »

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45 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Rise and fall of a rock legend in evocative black and white, 12 October 2007
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The first thing that strikes you about 'Control' is its silence, and the chilly beauty of its black and white images. As a still photographer first-time director Anton Corbijn photographed Joy Division in black and white during their short existence. He knows how to get the remorselessly grim feel of the north of England in the late Seventies. (The boys came from the outskirts of Manchester. Joy Division formed in 1976.) This film (there's a documentary just coming out on the band too) is loosely based on a memoir of her marriage by Deborah Curtis, lead singer Ian Curtis' young wife, who had a baby girl by him and then tragically found him after he'd hanged himself in 1980, two months short of his twenty-fourth birthday, just as the band was to tour America for the first time.

'Control's' strength is a certain recessiveness. In the English style, it's offhand and avoids huge dramatic crescendos. That's refreshing. And besides the images and the restraint, the film is worth seeing for the concert sequences. The cast actually plays the Joy Division music live, and Sam Riley, who plays Ian Curtis, not only closely resembles him, but is a riveting and intense, almost at times scary, performer. When he says the public doesn't know how much of himself he puts into his performances, we know what he means.

The film is excellent at showing Ian's dilemmas. The band is a sudden success. He has an attack in their car as the band returns from a gig. Doctors tell him he has a form of epilepsy. He's given a fistful of pills to take every day and told to have early nights and stay off the booze. How faithfully he takes the pills is unclear but he suffers from their side effects in various ways, while late nights and booze are essentials of his existence. It doesn't seem that the English doctors knew very well how to treat him, and he was so busy performing he didn't take the time to go to specialists and have more extensive tests.

Ian had gotten married to Deborah (Samantha Morton) early--too early. On the road he meets a Belgian part-time journalist, Annik Honoré (Alexandra Maria Lara), and they fall uneasily in love. He's not strong enough to decide between the two women. Fear that his disease will only get worse hounds him, and the fits go on. Riley is fascinating to watch as he undergoes an increasingly visible meltdown. Other cast members are cyphers, though Joe Anderson, who has the role of Max in Taymor's Across the Universe, is the lead guitarist. Morton has a drab role but Deborah's unfortunate situation is present as a constant counterpart to Ian's story. The two other important characters are the Manchester music guru Tony Wilson (Craig Parkinson) and the band's wise-guy manager Rob Gretton (Toby Kebbell).

The creative inspiration of the band, the nature of their songs, the cast of their lyrics, the reason why Joy Division is a cult band today when it only existed for four years--these are matters the film is unable to elucidate. Watch it for the cool visuals, for the tall, soulful Sam Riley, and for the terrific live performance scenes. Enjoy the understatement, and the silence. Don't expect more.

Harvey Weinstein has chosen both for Control and for the soon-to-open Todd Haynes Bob Dylan film I'm Not There to have a slowly-unrolling distribution system, and hopes to bestow early cult status on both films by having them premiere at that temple of cinephilia, Film Forum, in lower Manhattan, New York City, and wait for the buzz of the cognoscenti to multiply and spread. It may work. But both films are tough sells. But A.E. Scott of the NYTimes has said Control is "enigmatic and moving, much in the manner of Joy Division's best songs." And that's a good send-off.

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