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MusicFF19: Control

MA15+ 117 MIN
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There’s no other way to say it, but Control is a work of art, thanks to its evocative black and white cinematography and a sensational performance from Sam Riley as the tragic Ian Curtis. Even those not familiar with Joy Division can still appreciate the beauty of the film directed by visionary director and photographer, Anton Corbin.

Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the everyday fears and emotions, that fuel his music, slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by a new love and the growing expectations of his band, Joy Division. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and depression, desperation takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulders, Ian's tortured soul consumes him.

Movie Information

Release date

Saturday 3rd August


117 min




Film Festival