Managed to see this film last night and I've been happily reintroduced to Ian Curtis and Joy Division. I was only 13 when Ian Curtis died and although I'd heard of him, I didn't really know him or Joy Division but by the time I was about 17 I was a huge fan and his death struck me as such a senseless waste. I'm also a huge fan of Anton Corbijn and his photography and oddly enough, all the bands that I've been a fan of throughout my life have usually had pictures taken by Anton Corbijn. My choice of favourite album of all time - Joshua Tree - was heavily influenced by the imagery that was done by Anton and he has been an inspiration in my own weak attempts at photography. Anyway, fast forward to last night and the film. From the opening shots, I really was astounded. Anton's composition was very familiar and of course, his use of stark contrast black and white film was almost inevitable but it works superbly. Once past the technical appreciation it was easy to get wrapped up in the story of Ian Curtis and his tortured existence. I wasn't sure if the film was going to have a particular leaning as Ian was hardly an angel but it had the sanction of his family so I guess it was pretty accurate. Watching it took me right back to my teens with all the associated crap that went with it but I had to remind myself that I was (arguably) 'establishment' and that time was long gone! Still, when I got back in my Audi, I stuck Atmosphere on my iPod at max decibels, wound down my windows and gangster leaned my way out of the car park. Well, perhaps not but I did play it at a fair old volume. The film answered a few questions for me and I left feeling rather sad. If you're a fan of Joy Division or even if you're not, I would urge you to go and see it as I don't think you'll be disappointed.