9 Feb 2006
Sam Riley to play Ian Curtis in 'Control' biopic 
Screen Daily [subscription required, 14-day free trial available] reports that unknown actor Sam Riley has landed his first big role and will play Ian Curtis in the forthcoming biopic of Ian Curtis. Alexandra Maria Lara will play his lover Annik Honore. Samantha Morton has already been cast to play Deborah Curtis. Anton Corbijn will direct. Subject to final funding being sorted out it is hoped that filming will start in the spring.

Thanks to Chrissmari on Livejournal and the IMDb Message Board for Control [free registration required] for info.


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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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