5th October, 2007


Anton Corbijn’s biopic about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis - Control - was filmed mostly in Nottingham, because my city is grim and looks like the seventies.

Control movie poster

Today’s Guardian review calls it the best film of the year. The footage of newcomer Sam Riley losing himself as Curtis on stage is mesmerising and frighteningly accurate. It is shot in the crispest, most vivid monochrome, and for all its grime and desperation it looks like one of those films that reminds any of us brought up in scrappy Northern/Midland English towns that we can be heroes. I love this film, and I haven’t even seen it yet.

Update: I have been to see the film this afternoon, and have reviewed it in the comments below this article.

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