A poster I designed for the re-screening of Control, the Ian Curtis biopic.
(Photo ©2012 Chris Harrison)
I’ve been a Joy Division and New Order fan since the mid 80s. My passion for them started in my bedroom, where I would play the vinyl and caress the sleeve artwork. Like many graphic designers, my epiphany moment came whilst holding a piece of Peter Saville design. My Control poster aims to summon up some of the very dark, and somewhat depressing, narrative of the film. I wanted to create a piece of artwork that almost felt as heavy as the story, but I wanted it to have a glimmer of light too. In her memoir, Touching from a Distance, Deborah Curtis writes of an unusual incident: Ian Curtis brought home a bunch of freesias the night before he ended his life. According to Deborah, this was a first, he had never brought home flowers before. The image stood out for me. An image of a man obsessed with death. A man who had already written his suicide note through his music. I wanted to incorporate the freesias, almost as a ‘final act’ to the story. Or if you choose to see it differently, a burial shroud. Darkness and beauty.