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Control - Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Anton Corbijn

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Movie propaganda

Filmed in black and white, Control is based on (widow of Ian Curtis) Deborah Curtis' Touching from a distance, this is a biopic of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis (Sam Riley). Matt Greenhalgh adapted the screenplay, which covers the last years in Curtis' life, leading up to his suicide on the eve of what was to have been Joy Division's first US tour in 1980. The plot centres on Curtis' struggle between feeling enduring love for his wife (Samantha Morton) and child and his beginning a burgeoning relationship with another woman as well as his bouts with epilepsy and all-consuming performances with his band.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography drama Ian Curtis suicide Joy Division music epilepsy performance band New Wave New Order

Persons of interest

  • Sam Riley ... Ian Curtis
  • Samantha Morton .... Deborah Curtis
  • Craig Parkinson .... Tony Wilson
  • Joe Anderson .... Peter Hook
  • Toby Kebbell .... Rob Gretton
  • Alexandra Maria Lara .... Annik Honoré
  • Harry Treadaway .... Stephen Morris
  • Matthew McNulty .... Nick Jackson
  • Tim Plester .... Earnest Richards
  • James Anthony Pearson .... Bernard Sumner
  • Nigel Harris .... Tramp
  • Ben Naylor .... Martin Hannett
  • Nicola Harrison .... Corrine Lewis
  • Deborah Curtis .... Author: Touching from a distance
  • Matt Greenhalgh .... Screenwriter
  • Anton Corbijn .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

All I remember about Joy Division is that they made one of the greatest songs of all time, Love will tear us apart. I vaguely recollect that someone died and the band became New Order, who released one of the other greatest songs of all time, Blue Monday. That's some talent.

As it turns out, Control features some talent, too. Sam Riley is intense and, even though I didn't see Ian Curtis perform, performs just like Ian Curtis; it's such a focused and definite performance that it can only be true. Either that or they made everything up as they went along and I'm talking out of my arse. I don't like the fact that Samantha Morton gets her name on the poster before Sam Riley because Sam is the main actor but that's all about politics (politics suck) and she does give a really good performance. The music is good even though I didn't recognise much of it.

It was good to see actors who could make the age range from high school to early 20s even though they are in their late 20s. I didn't recognise Samantha Morton until a third of the way through the film (cf Starship troopers).

The biography, drama, Ian Curtis movie Control is directed by Anton Corbijn and stars Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Anton Corbijn (Director)
    • Extended scenes
    • Featurettes:
      • Atmosphere film clip
      • Behind the scenes
      • B-roll footage
      • Band track: Digital
    • Interviews: Anton Corbijn, Sam Riley, James Pearson, Harry Treadway, Joe Anderson

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong coarse language)

Surveillance time

117 minutes (1:57 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 25 October 2007
DVD rental: 12 March 2008
DVD retail: 12 March 2008

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