Two new films about Ian Curtis and Joy Division debut this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The first, Grant Gee's cleverly titled documentary "Joy Division" was co-written by Jon Savage, author of the 1991 punk rock history "England's Dreaming". The feature-length documentary includes recently unearthed audio recordings and never-before-seen live performance footage. It plays September 7th, 9th and 15th.
"Control" is a black & white bio-pic staring Sam Riley as Ian Curtis and is based on the memoir "Touching From A Distance", by his widow Deborah Curtis (played here by Samantha Morton, also at the festival for "Mister Lonely, see below). Directed by photographer Anton Corbijn who is best known for shooting videos for Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus", Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" and, well, , Bryan Adams' "Do I Have to Say The Words". His relationship with the band, though, dates back to the late seventies when he shot portraits of the group for the NME. He later directed the video for "Atmosphere", shot and released after the suicide of Ian Curtis. "Control" plays on the 7th and 8th of September. Check the TIFF website for details (www.tiff07.ca).