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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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Trivia:
The introduction that Tony Wilson gives the band as they're about to perform on Granada television is almost word for word taken from the actual broadcast. The song they play in the film is "Transmission", when in actuality they performed "Shadowplay" on Granada. They did perform "Transmission" live on TV but it was on the BBC without an introduction by Wilson, but instead a toned-down version of the poem used to introduce them at a gig in the film.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Evidently Chicken TownSee more »

FAQ

Which Joy Division songs appear in the movie?
What did Ian (in the movie) hang himself on?
Why was Tony Nuttall's name (from the book) changed to Nick Jackson for the film?
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119 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
An extremely moving experience, 30 September 2007
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Days away from embarking on a long dreamed about tour of the United States, Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the band Joy Division, hanged himself on May 23, 1980 from a rope in the kitchen of his apartment. His suicide not only ended his promising young life but also the dreams of a generation. Twenty seven years after his death, the eulogizing continues. Last year saw a documentary by Christian Davies: Joy Division: Under Review and this year has brought two more films: Joy Division: The Last True Story In Pop by Grant Gee and Control, the winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on the 1996 memoir "Touching From a Distance" by Ian's widow Deborah Curtis, the film follows Curtis' life from his teenage years to his tragic death at age twenty three.

Unlike conventional bio-pics like Ray and Walk the Line with their star glamorizing propensities, Control delivers a three-dimensional portrait of a real human being and how his troubles affected the people closest to him. The film is directed by photographer and video director Anton Corbijn, a celebrated photographer who took some of the most recognized photos of Joy Division. Because he knew and worked with the band, the emotional connection to its subject is palpable. The film is shot in black and white and the choice underscores the grayness of Curtis' home town of Macclesfield, England and the grim mood of much of the work.

The major reason for the film's success, however, rests with lead actor Sam Riley who eerily recreates Curtis in appearance and voice. He performs all of the band's iconic songs such as Atmosphere, Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Twenty-Four Hours himself, using Curtis' robotic hand motions on stage to great effect. Another outstanding performance is that of Samantha Morton who plays Deborah Curtis, Ian's loving and patient wife who is overwhelmed by her husband's success and her new responsibilities as a mother of their daughter. Married at a very young age, both husband and wife lack the strength to make a go of it especially with the pressure of Curtis' epileptic seizures growing worse, and Ian's on again off again affair with Belgian journalist Annik (Alexandra Maria Lara).

Though the subject matter is melancholy, Matt Greenhalgh's script provides a light touch filled with trenchant one-liners from the group's manager Rob Gretton (Tony Kebbell) and witty remarks from band members Joe Anderson, James Anthony Pearson and Harry Treadaway. Although Curtis has become one of rock's most mythologized figures, Riley plays him simply as a very innocent, down to earth young man whose talent was much greater than his ability to handle it. Control is an extremely moving experience whether or not you have foreknowledge of the events of Curtis' life. It is a film that has the power to touch and leave memories that are indelible.

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