‘Control’ claims top festival spot

A MOVIE about the front man of 1980s band, Joy Division, has been chosen the best new British film to screen at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

‘Control, about Ian Curtis, by Anton Corbijn, has picked up the festival’s Michael Powell Award.

The festival finished at the weekend, with the awarding of a further eight awards, including one voted for by audiences and another for Scottish short documentaries.

Said the Michael Powell Award jury: “It was a great pleasure to be presented with such a diverse selection of new British films. The fact that eight of the eleven features we saw were debuts underscores our belief that there is no shortage of strong and distinctive new talents feeding the British film industry.

“Our winner, ‘Control,’ struck us as being fully and brilliantly realised in every department.”