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Control 2007 15

122 mins United Kingdom Director. Anton Corbijn

The life story of one of British rock’s most tragic figures – Ian Curtis of seminal Manchester band Joy Division – is stunningly rendered in majestic monochrome, in the debut film from famous photographer Anton Corbijn.

Detailing the singer’s struggles with epilepsy and attempts to reconcile his provincial existence with an emerging rock star status, Control is also an authentic recreation of a significant cultural moment - the birth of the Manchester music scene.

With exceptional performances from newcomer Sam Riley as Curtis and Samantha Morton as his wife, and featuring incidental music by Curtis’ surviving New Order bandmates, Control is an essential music film and a haunting drama.

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Directed by

Anton Corbijn


Samantha Morton

Sam Riley

Alexandra Maria Lara

Joe Anderson

Toby Kebbell

Craig Parkinson

James Anthony Pearson

Harry Treadaway


Sonic Punk Beat Generations Based on the Book… Closed Captions


15 Contains very strong language




United Kingdom



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