CONTROL

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CONTROL

Anton Corbijn
GB/Australien, 2007
Fiction, 119min, OF

CONTROL

Anton Corbijn
GB/Australien, 2007
Fiction, 119min, OF

Cast: 
Sam Riley
Ian Curtis
Samantha Morton
Deborah Curtis
Alexandra Maria Lara
Annik Honore
Craig Parkinson
Tony Wilson
James Anthony Pearson
Bernard Sumner
Harry Treadaway
Stephen Morris
Joe Anderson
Peter Hook
Screenplay: 
Matt Greenhalgh nach den Memoiren «Touching From A Distance» von Deborah Curtis
Sound: 
Peter Baldock
Camera: 
Martin Ruhe
Editor: 
Andrew Hulme
Composer: 
New Order
Decoration: 
Chris Roope
Costume: 
Julian Day

Production: 
Northsee Ltd. 10 Popular Mews London W12 7JS, Großbritannien T 20 7870 3393
World Sales: 
Becker Films International Level 1/11 Waltham Street Artarmon NSW 2064, Australien T 612 9438 337, info@beckers.com.au
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Anton Corbijn's Control is about the troubled life and times of post-punk legend Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, who killed himself in 1980 at the age of 23,
depressed by his epilepsy, his failing marriage and by the uncontrollable intensity of the nihilistic emotions displaced by his life into his art - emotions that consumed him. Sam Riley gives a superb performance as Ian Curtis, intuitively recreating his on-stage mannerisms, from the stock-still hunch over the mic, with eyelids lowered, to the crazy, elbows akimbo running on the spot routine, which like nothing else made him look like some sort of visionary outpatient. Corbijn does not indulge in the cliché of seeing epilepsy as an ecstatic state, but certainly suggests how the convulsiveness and jittery subversion of Curtis's music might imitate a pre-epileptic state: culminating in a full-blown episode live on stage. (Peter Bradshaw)