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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
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: Sam Riley
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene showing Tony Wilson talking to Ian Curtis in the empty Derby Hall in Bury after the April 1980 riot features a large equipment case on which the number "501" prominently appears. When Tony Wilson was buried in August, 2007, his coffin was marked with the number 501, the last number in the Factory Records catalog.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a song performance scene the guitarist is using Marshall Speaker Cabinets (model 1960A and 1960B). The speaker cabinets were not introduced until several years after Ian's death.See more »
Quotes:
Ian Curtis:I wish I were a Warhol silk screen hanging on the wall. Or little Joe or maybe Lou. I'd love to be them all. All New York's broken hearts and secrets would be mine. I'd put you on a movie reel, and that would be just fine.See more »
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47 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Walk in silence, don't walk away in silence., 15 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

For me personally writing a comment for Control has proved to be a very difficult thing, my love of the band Joy Division has stayed with me from the very first moment I listened to the Unknown Pleasures album back in 1979. I remember Ian Curtis's death like it was yesterday, and no matter how many years roll by, I still feel an immense sadness when listening to the bands poetic beauty. I was mightily relieved after reading Deborah Curtis's book Touching From A Distance, for I found it refreshingly honest, and certainly it helped people get in a bit deeper to just what a troubled young man Ian Curtis was. So here we are in 2008 and the film adaptation of that book has arrived with truly brilliant results.

I have found it hard to write a comment for it because I have to cast aside my biased love of the band, but hopefully I've managed to view it objectively with both my head and my heart. Control is a film about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the band Joy Division, people expecting an in-depth film about the band will be a little disappointed because this is the story of their lead singer, a troubled young man who just couldn't face it anymore. Filmed in black & white to perfectly capture the essence of the man the film is about, director Anton Corbijn has stayed loyal to the source material and crafted a haunting piece of work that lingers long after the final credits roll.

We follow Ian Curtis from his humble music leanings in the early 70s, here he meets Deborah who is soon to become his wife, a married man at the age of 18. We watch him join a group of Manchester lads at a Sex Pistols concert, it is here that the roots of Joy Division are formed. Then it's on to the formation of Factory records and the influential Svengali Tony Wilson. As the band start to make waves Ian Curtis becomes ill with epilepsy, and it's here that Corbijn crucially shows that the doctors involved really didn't have a clue how to treat him properly, trial and error with cocktails of drugs indeed.

Deborah and Ian become parents to Natalie, but Ian is away on the road for many days and nights, and it's here that he yearns for love from another quarter, and it's here that his infidelity will hang heavy on his already sunken shoulders. The band are set to make it big, their manager announces that they are about to tour America for the first time, this only adds another fraught string to Ian's already fractured bow, the pressure of fame a lethal bedfellow with Messrs epilepsy and infidelity, and then? I can't praise the work on this film enough, Sam Riley {relatively unknown outside of his hometown of Leeds} is simply brilliant as Curtis, dragging the viewer in completely on this desperately sad journey. Samantha Morton as Deborah is immense, she nails the emotional see-saw role with professional aplomb, and I would also like to raise a glass for the performance of the criminally undervalued Toby Kebbell (Dead Man's Shoes, Wilderness) his turn as Joy Division's manager Rob Gretton is down pat. Director Corbijn clearly had love for the project, and thankfully he was sensible enough to not over do the sentimental aspect of the troubled star. What Corbijn has done is perfectly frame the bleaker side of the story with old terraced houses and monstrous looking high rise's, they scream out as dank and dreary statements in black & white, yet they are overlooked by rolling hills to serve as a reminder when Curtis was at his happiest during the courtship with Deborah. Some scenes are unforgettable, such is the power of the emotion on offer, look out for the stunning appearance of heart tugging song Love Will Tear Us Apart, a crucial and poignant scene, and of course the film's tragic outcome hits like a sledgehammer. To which I thank Corbijn for giving us a very tasteful conclusion to this sad sad story.

So there it is, was I biased? I like to think I wasn't because I honestly feel that one doesn't have to be a fan of the band to get much from this movie. The film has won many awards, and I'm happy to report that Control has brought renewed interest in the beautiful/haunting work of one of England's greatest ever bands. Remastered CDs, reissued books, and even T-shirts are selling well in the shops as I type.

Control is a very sobering experience for fans and newcomers alike. 10/10

RIP Ian Curtis, you are very much missed.

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