Mad for Manchester: Joy Division and Control
Manchester, England has proven a hotbed for musical invention. Jump started by the startling success of the London-based Sex Pistols’s punk style, Manchester bands like the Buzzcocks, The Smiths and The Stone Roses have inspired countless performers, changing the face of modern pop music. This special edition of SF360 Film+Club presents a double-feature of films about one of Manchester’s most influential bands, Joy Division. During an extended intermission between the two films Live 105 and Britpop DJ, Aaron Axelsen, will spin exclusively Manchester-related records ensuring every ounce of your Manchester needs will be fulfilled. The night begins with Joy Division, a documentary directed by Grant Gee (who also directed the acclaimed Radiohead doc, Meeting People Is Easy, 1998). The film blends rare and captivating archival footage of the band with interviews of Joy Division members. Following our intermission filled with Axelsen’s manic Manchester set, we will screen Control, photographer Anton Corbijn’s fictionalized account of Ian Curtis’s all too short life. Curtis was Joy Division’s singer, who was fighting epilepsy, romantic troubles and the overwhelming success of the band. He committed suicide at the age of 23. Control, starring Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara and newcomer Sam Riley, has won numerous awards, including a Camera d’Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. Doors open at 7:00 pm, Joy Division: 7:30 pm, Axelsen set: 9:00, Control: 10:00 pm.
July 30, 2008