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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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Release Date:
12 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 29 wins & 25 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)
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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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Runtime:
122 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After the exhausting filming of Das Boot (1981) German pop star Herbert Grönemeyer swore he'd never act in a movie again. He made an exception for his good friend Anton Corbijn and appeared in this movie, though.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On the contract signed in Tony's blood, drummer Stephen Morris' name is spelled Steven. (The band mocks Tony's lightheadedness from the blood loss by falsely telling him that "Morris" needs to have a second "s" added, but no mention is made of the misspelling of his first name.)See more »
Quotes:
Ian Curtis:I don't want to be in the band anymore. Unknown Pleasures was it. I was happy. I never meant for it to grow like this. When I'm up there, singing they don't understand how much I give and how it affects me. Now they want more. They expect me to give more. And I don't know if I can. It's like it's not happening to me, but... someone pretending to be me, someone dressed in my skin. Now we're going to America. I have no control anymore. I don't know what to do.See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why was Tony Nuttall's name (from the book) changed to Nick Jackson for the film?
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Which Joy Division songs appear in the movie?
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149 out of 171 people found the following review useful.
Depressingly Beautiful, 7 October 2007
Author: Gormley00 from Dallas, TX

For every icon, there is an unknown predecessor who paves the way. Before there was Kurt Cobain, there was Ian Curtis, lead singer of the post-punk band, Joy Division. 27 years after his tragic death, Curtis' incredible contribution to music is finally being recognized in Anton Corbijn's film, "Control." It's only fitting that Corbijn serve as director since it was his early photographs of Joy Division that reflected the band's dark, introspective songs. Corbijn went on to photograph and direct videos for such musical greats as U2, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, R.E.M. and Metallica.

With his first feature film, Corbijn avoids the pitfalls of many music video directors who inundate us with flashy and unnecessary edits and camera angles. Instead, he lets the stark black and white of the film tell the story of a lead singer tortured by epilepsy, guilt, depression and suicidal thoughts. The use of black and white also captures the factory town of Manchester, England in the late 1970s, a city crumbling under industrial and economic stress. Manchester has since rebounded and is once again thriving.

Curtis is played by relative newcomer, Sam Riley, who's quiet and unassuming approach portrays an artist inspired by his heroes, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. At a chance meeting following a Sex Pistols concert, Curtis bonds with three fellow musicians to form the band.

As Joy Division begins to flourish, Ian's relationship with his young wife, Deborah, continues to distance itself. Academy Award nominee, Samantha Morton plays the confused wife trying to understand her husband's depressed soul. The film is based on Deborah Curtis' autobiography, "Touching From A Distance", so it comes as a surprise that Morton's character does not have more scenes in the movie.

The key to Control is understanding Curtis' depression, which the film accomplishes to near perfection. As he battles epilepsy, the young singer lives in constant fear that his next seizure will be his last. His only option is to swallow a daily cocktail of prescription drugs with side effects so terrible, that most of us would rather tempt fate than endure the aftermath of the pills.

Ian's spirit is also tortured by overwhelming guilt brought on by an extra-marital affair with a part-time journalist, played by Romanian-born Alexandra Maria Lara.

The most telling scene comes when Ian records an in-studio track for the song "Isolation." While Curtis stoically sings into the microphone, his band mates are distracted with the normal banter that typically occurs in a studio.

"Mother, I tried, please believe me. I'm doing the best that I can. I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through. I'm ashamed of the person I am." The lyrics seem to fall on deaf ears except for those of the sound engineer who refers to it as "genius." But Ian's brilliance is also a desperate cry for help ignored by everyone in the studio.

The 27-year-old Riley does an excellent job of capturing Curtis' aloofness on stage. Singers such as Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and even the early years of Michael Stipe would often drift into the moment of the song. But when Curtis performed, he immersed himself into his own world where the music simply served as the soundtrack. Riley skillfully draws us into Ian's dark world with a range of subtle head movements and facial expressions to a whirling explosion of arm gyrations that came to personify the singer's stage performances.

Overwhelmed with grief, shame and depression, Ian finally succumbs to his demons at the young age of 23. He left behind a wife, a child and a musical legacy that is finally receiving its just rewards nearly three decades later.

For those looking for a story solely about Joy Division, Control may not be for you. But for those seeking an intuitive perspective into the anguished spirit of one of the most influential alternative bands in history, you will certainly find it in this depressing but incredibly beautiful film.

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