Joy Division movie premieres in New York

Dave Gahan, Sonic Youth and more turn out for Ian Curtis film

The Ian Curtis biopic ‘Control’ made its US debut at the Chelsea West Cinema in Manhattan last night (September 25).

The warmly received film was watched by an audience that included Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, model Helena Christensen, actor Steve Buscemi and members of Sonic Youth.

‘Control’ follows the story of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis and is based on the book ‘Touching From A Distance’ by his widow Deborah.

The film was directed by Joy Division photographer Anton Corbijn, who moved from his Netherlands home in order to shoot the Manchester band in October 1979.

He subsequently became a regular NME photographer and went on to shoot iconic images of bands such as U2, Depeche Mode, R.E.M and The Killers, among others.

Speaking to NME.COM at the screening, Corbijn explained that his emotional attachment and relationship with the band made up for his inexperience in film-making, and that ‘Control’ was not intended to be a traditional music biopic.

“It’s an intense love story, and concerns a boy who follows his dream but doesn’t like where he ends up,” he explained. “I wanted to make sure that Ian was portrayed as normal, and so I felt it was important to surround him with an everyday background.

“A lot of people’s lives are very mundane, but a great deal of beauty can come from these kind of environments too and Joy Division’s music was a great example of this.”

The film opens on October 5 in the UK, and from October 10 in the US on a limited release.

See this week’s issue of NME for an exclusive interview with Sam Riley the actor who plays Ian Curtis in the film.

–By our New York staff.

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