Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook deejayed and participated in a revealing Q&A session in Los Angeles last night (June 17) to mark the US release of the ‘Joy Division’ documentary DVD.
The film, directed by Grant Gee, concentrates on Joy Division’s groundbreaking sound and on the Manchester band’s tragic frontman Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in 1980.
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Just when you thought Control may well be the only Joy Division related film you’d ever see, comes news of another, showing at the Toronto Film Festival (naturally enough alongside Control). The imaginatively titled Joy Division is directed by Grant Gee, who has also directed Radiohead’s Meeting People Is Easy movie. More info at Reuters here.
Oh, and just so you know – it’s a documentary written by Jon Savage & featuring archive footage, interviews with the band (tho probably not Ian), Tony Wilson, and others. Looking forward to it already…
In a strange piece of synchronicity, no doubt specifically designed to annoy me, Anton Corbijn’s biopic of Ian Curtis Control (www.controlthemovie.com) is showing at the Wellington Film Festival (link) on the same night as ATOMIC. So, as I put the needle down on the first record of the evening at 9pm, no doubt many of you will be settling into your seats at the Embassy with some popcorn. You can make a night of it though, by coming along afterwards, or you can just come down to Atomic & skive off work the following Monday afternoon to see the movie then. Your choice!
In more Joy Division related news, here’s a trailer for the forthcoming Ian Curtis biopic Control, directed by Anton Corbijn (with French subtitles).