13 Jan 2005
Ian Curtis biopic 'Control' on BBC Northwest Today 
BBC Manchester featured a piece by Kate Simms on the forthcoming Ian Curtis biopic in its regional BBC Northwest Today show broadcast on 10 January 2005. Writer Matt Greenhalgh said that Ian Curtis "was definitely one of the godfathers of the city, and to be able to write a film - a Hollywood film at that - about it is just great." Tony Wilson remembered Ian as "the character whose head poked out of a fourth story window in London one night while he and the rest of his band were raining eggs and flour and water on me and my group trying to get into a van where they'd 'jammed' the door handles."



Read the full transcript.



Thanks to Kate Butler at the BBC.

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