On the eve of its Australian release, CONTROL, about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, topped the nominations for the 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
CONTROL, which premiered in Cannes, received 10 nominations, including Best Independent British Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Newcomer (Sam Riley), and Best Screenplay.
Releasing in Australian cinemas tomorrow, 25 October, CONTROL has been embraced by local critics and audiences, winning the Audience Award for Best Feature at the recent Melbourne International Film Festival and being hailed as "remarkable" in the Sunday Telegraph and "riveting" in the Sun Herald. The Sunday Age called CONTROL "visually stunning" while The Courier Mail claimed "this is a movie worth a standing ovation".
Directed by renowned photographer and videographer, Anton Corbijn, CONTROL is the story of the tortured love triangle between Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, his young wife and lover, and the rise of this revered British band in the late 70's.
The Independent called it "the coolest British movie of 2007", while The Guardian described it as "the best film of the year" and the accolades don't stop there. CONTROL received the Golden Camera - Special Mention award at this year's Cannes Film Festival and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival picked up the Michael Powell award for Best New British Feature and also scored the festival's inaugural Best Performance award for newcomer Sam Riley's portrayal of Ian Curtis.
CONTROL is in cinemas October 25.