Joy Division biopic ‘not true’ say band

Peter Hook and co attack new film 'Control'

Former Joy Division members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris have claimed the forthcoming Ian Curtis biopic is inaccurate.

Although the pair gave the Anton Corbijn movie ‘Control’ a huge thumbs up, Morris said that many of the facts were bent to suit the film.

“None of it’s true really,” he said. “It’s sort of true, but you have to take liberties when you’re making a film because the truth is too boring.


“We’ve seen it a couple of times. It’s good, very good. It’s a bit hard to watch when you’re involved in it as much as Peter [Hook] and I have been though, but Anton‘s done a really good job, it’s not as funny as ’24 Hour Party People’ though!”

‘Control’ is based on the book ‘Touching From A Distance’ by Ian Curtis‘ widow Deborah and stars newcomer 10,000 Things frontman Sam Riley.

“I really enjoyed it”, Hook told XFM. “But it was, as I said, like having your heart stamped on. The weirdest thing was at the end, when it really hurt and everybody started clapping. It would’ve been nice to have a dignified silence.

“You’re sat there thinking “Fuck me I lived that! It was like being dissected. And then I went to take a piss and Ian [Curtis] and Bernard Sumner were next to me… well the actors that played them and I was like that… ‘Aaaaah!’. That was surreal.

“The way I always like to look at it is that you can judge how good a film is by how many people go to take a piss during it, and only two people went for a piss – Bernard and a 70-year-old woman.”