By: Spacelab Research Staff
The long anticipated movie about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis is finally out and making its debut at the Cannes film festival in France. Starring newcomer Sam Riley, the film represents Joy Division with a focus on Curtis' life and lifestyle as the band went from gothic upstarts to the band that was an inspiration for everyone from Nine Inch Nails to the Cure to the band that formed in the ashes of Curtis' suicide: New Order.
The film was directed by Anton Corbijn, his first pass at directing. He's well known as a photographer and music video director, with over 75 videos behind him already. The film is based on the book by Touching From A Distance, written by Ian's wife Deborah Curtis. The film stars Sam Riley (24 Hour Party People) as Ian Curtis and Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Code 46) as Deborah Curtis.
By most accounts so far, the debut at Cannes is being well received, including approval by the members of Joy Division themselves. In a recent interview with the BBC that "They hardly ever agree on anything together, but they have agreed that they all love the film."
Control will see an official release date of September 26th.
The official word on the film score is that it's being done by New Order and will feature original tracks from Warsaw and Joy Division. The soundtrack has a wider group of contributors, and this is all very fuzzy at the moment; confirmed acts so far also include David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, the Sex Pistols, and the Buzzcocks. Among the bands rumored to be included are: U2, Marilyn Manson, and Doves, The Cure, Bauhaus, The Creatures and Depeche Mode, nad maybe the Killers.