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Control is a British biographical film about the life of Ian Curtissinger Control - Lewistown / Target For Aggression - Killing You With Kindness the lates English post-punk band Joy Division.
It is the first feature film directed by Anton Corbijnwho had worked with Joy Division as a photographer. The screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh was based on the biography Touching from a Distance by Curtis's widow Deborah, who served as a co-producer on the film. Tony Wilsonwho released Joy Division's records through his Factory Records label, also served as a co-producer. Control was filmed partly on location in NottinghamManchesterand Macclesfieldincluding areas where Curtis lived, and was shot in colour and then printed to black-and-white.
Its title comes from the Joy Division song " She's Lost Control ", and that much of the plot deals with the notion that Curtis tried to remain in control of his own life, and yet had no control over his epilepsy and pharmaceutical side effects.
Ian Curtis and Debbie Woodruff marry in in their home town of Macclesfield at ages 19 and 18, respectively. Ian retreats from domestic life, preferring to write poetry in solitude. Mesmerized by the concert, Ian volunteers to be their singer. They name themselves Warsaw, and Terry moves into a managerial role with the addition of drummer Stephen Morris.
The band debuts 19 May and soon rename themselves Joy Division. During his job as an employment agentIan witnesses his client Corinne Lewis suffering a seizure. Unsatisfied with the brief mention Joy Division receives from television host Tony WilsonIan demands that he put the band on his programme.
They Parasites - Crazy " Transmission " on Tony's programme and sign to his Factory Records label; Tony signs the contract using his own blood.
In December Ian suffers a seizure on the way back from the band's first London gig; He is diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed medications that leave him drowsy and moody. He begins to neglect Debbie, who gives birth to their daughter Natalie in April Ian quits his job to go on tour, leaving Debbie to work and care for the baby. The two begin having an affair during Joy Division's January European tour.
On returning home, Ian tells Debbie he is unsure if he still loves her. Debbie finds evidence of Ian's infidelity and confronts him. He promises that the affair is over, but continues to see Annik during the recording of Closer in Islington. Ian suffers a seizure mid-performance and is comforted by Annik, who admits she is falling in love with him. He attempts suicide by overdosing on phenobarbital but doctors save his life. He continues to perform, but is exhausted by the strain and overwhelmed by the audience's expectations.
At a performance at the Derby Hall the stress proves too much and he is unable to go onstage. The audience riots when Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance steps in to cover for Ian, and the gig is ruined. Ian tells Tony that he believes everyone hates him and that it is his own fault. When Debbie learns that Ian is still seeing Annik, she demands a divorce.
Bernard attempts to use hypnotherapy on Ian, who then goes to stay with his parents. He writes to Annik admitting his fear that his epilepsy will eventually kill him, and confesses that he loves her. On 17 Maytwo nights before Joy Division is due to Evidently Chickentown (Live) - Various - Music From The Motion Picture Control for America, Ian returns home and begs Debbie not to divorce him. When she refuses, he angrily orders her out of the house.
After drinking alone and writing Debbie a letter, he has another seizure. Regaining consciousness the following morning, he hangs himself from the Sheila Maid in the kitchen.
Debbie discovers his body and Frankie Paul - That Love into the street, crying for help. The news of Ian's death leaves the remaining Joy Division members stunned, while Tony consoles Annik.
Ian's body is cremated. Corbijn had been a devout Joy Division fan since the band's early days in the late s. After moving to England, he befriended the band and shot several pictures for NMEwhich boosted his career as a photographer. Some of his pictures taken are featured in the film. He also directed the music video for the rerelease of "Atmosphere". He said that the film overlapped with his own life in some ways.
I worked with them, took pictures of them that became synonymous with their music, and I was forever linked. Then eight years after [Ian Curtis'] death, I did the video for "Atmosphere. Deborah CurtisIan Curtis' Evidently Chickentown (Live) - Various - Music From The Motion Picture Controlis a co-producer, along with music Peaceful Valley - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights Tony Wilsonwho died months before the film's release.
After the script for the film was finished in Maythe film was shot at the former Carlton studios in Nottinghamand on location in NottinghamManchester and MacclesfieldEnglandas well as other European venues. Filming began on 3 July and lasted for seven weeks. Filming in and around Barton Street where Curtis lived and diedMacclesfield took place on 11 and 12 July Ian Curtis' daughter, Natalie, was in the crowd as an extra for the Derby Hall gig.
The final scene of the film is shot in the exact position where Ian Curtis's memorial stone is located in Macclesfield with the camera panning out to reveal the crematorium which can be seen directly from his memorial. The Weinstein Company secured the rights to release the film in North America after its success at Lamentation Of Dead Leaves - Longesttirr - .At The Treshold Of Eternity. Peter Bradshawthe chief film reviewer for The Guardiandescribed Control as "the best film of the year: a tender, bleakly funny and superbly acted biopic of Curtis".
The website's consensus reads, " Control is a work of art, thanks to its evocative black and white cinematography and sensational performances from Sam Riley and Samantha Morton. Even those not familiar with Joy Division can still appreciate the beauty of the film. However, some reviewers have disagreed and commented on the film negatively.
Ray Bennett from Reuters remarked Control to be a "disappointment" and said the film "features lots of music from that time and has decent performances, but it fails to make the case for its fallen star".
Peter Hook and Stephen Morristwo of the founding members of Joy Division, generally praised the film. However, Morris has disputed its accuracy, saying "None of it's true really" but acknowledged the need to bend facts because "the truth is too boring.
It would've been nice to have a dignified silence. Hook also remarked that " Control is a hell of a lot more accurate than 24 Hour Party People. You can tell that Anton knew us, and he knew us well and he took the original script, which was very English and quite subtly he made it deeper and have a broader appeal so that it Evidently Chickentown (Live) - Various - Music From The Motion Picture Control not just make sense to an English audience but to an Evidently Chickentown (Live) - Various - Music From The Motion Picture Control audience.
After viewing the film at Cannes, Hook said he "knew it was a great film and that it would be very well received because, even though it's two hours long, only two people went to the toilet the whole time.
In fact, one of them was Bernard [Sumner]. The other one was a year-old woman. The Killers cover the Joy Division song " Shadowplay " on the soundtrack. The actors contribute a cover of an original Joy Division song " Transmission " to the soundtrack. Incidental tracks by s artists including David BowieKraftwerk and Buzzcocks are the original recordings. New Order provided the original incidental music for the soundtrack. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other productions with this title, see Control disambiguation.
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