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Format: PAL
Language English
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Momentum Pictures Home Ent
Release Date: 11 Feb 2008

Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Run Time: 122 minutes
The movie:  
Filmed on location: Nottingham (which looks more like Joy Division's Manchester than the present day Manchester), Manchester, Macclesfield, European venues.

Pre-production  May 15th - July 9th 2006
Filming: July 10th - August 26th 2006
Post production: Complete

Orian Williams, Anton Corbijn, Todd Eckert
Executive producer: Iain Canning
Co-producer: Deborah Curtis
Co-producer: Anthony Wilson
Director: Anton Corbjin

Scriptwriter: Matt Greenhalgh

Ian Curtis - Sam Riley
Deborah Curtis - Samantha Morton
Annik Honore - Alexandra Maria Lara
Bernard Sumner - James Anthony Pearson
Stephen Morris - Harry Treadaway
Peter Hook - Joe Anderson
Tony Wilson - Craig Parkinson
Rob Gretton - Toby Kebbell

UK Distributor: Momentum

Sam Riley to play Ian Curtis
Sam Riley
(C) Anton Corbjin

Samantha Morton to play Deborah Curtis
Samantha Morton

Control was produced by LA / Pittsburgh Based Claraflora with Deborah Curtis as co-producer.

The film expands on Deborah's Touching From A Distance book, which was a personal account of her life with Ian Curtis, to give a fuller account of the man and his life. To achieve this, writer Matt Greenhalgh interviewed all the relevant people including Annik Honore. Ian Curtis's was in a relationship with Annik at the time of his death and she has previously declined to discuss the matter with the media simply saying it was "too painful".

Directed by lifelong Joy Division fan Anton Corbijn the film is in black and white  to reflect the atmosphere of Joy Division and the mood of the era. Anton is keen to point out that the film is about Ian Curtis - not Joy Division.

Sam Riley - Control
(C) Copyright Dean Rogers

Sam Riley Samantha Morton - Control
(C) Copyright Dean Rogers

Sam Riley - Control
(C) Copyright Dean Rogers

Orian and Deborah
Deborah Curtis and Orian Williams
(C) Copyright Natalie Curtis

On set photo galleries July 2006:
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Set 1 (C) Copyright Frank Fisher

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Set 2 (C) Copyright J Naden

   ControlReviews from Cannes premiere 17 May 2007:

Critics have described his portrayal of troubled singer Ian Curtis as "spectacular" and "outstanding". It received a standing ovation at its premiere on the Croisette.
- Telegraph

Has earned a rapturous reception in Cannes

There was a palpable buzz on the Croisette today
- Guardian

Control won the title of Best European Film at the festival

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