Top film award goes to Ian Curtis biopic Control
- 28 August 2007
A black and white biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis has won the Michael Powell award for best new British feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The directorial debut from Anton Corbijn, who won acclaim photographing the Manchester group for NME in the 1970s, Control charts the life of frontman Curtis - from schoolboy through to his suicide at the age of 23.
The Edinburgh judging panel said of the competition: 'The fact that eight out of the 11 features we saw were debuts underscores our belief that there is no shortage of strong and distinctive new talents feeding the British film industry.'
The actor playing Curtis, Sam Riley, who was working in a Leeds warehouse when he was chosen for the part, has also scooped the PGA award for best performance in British feature film.