Joy Division documentary is ‘less a requiem than a celebration’

I’ve said this before about Anton Cobijn’s Control (and lived through the disappointment), but the new Joy Division documentary, which goes on release in May, looks fantastic. Jon Savage writes in today’s Observer Music Monthly about the difficulty of finding enough unseen footage to make the film interesting, and the joy of unearthing old reels of Super 8 film to make it so. The film, moreover, has the backing of the surviving members. Peter Hook, the band’s legendary bassist, recently introduced the film at the Salford Film Festival (a phase he says he never thought he would hear himself saying) saying that the film represented the truth “as opposed to the other one [Control] that didn’t”.