Joy Division film screening calls for poster printing

May 4, 2012 by  

Manchester’s seminal indie-rock band Joy Division are set to see something of a revival of interest in their music and history as a series of posters are printed to celebrate a new screening of a film about the history of the band.

Joy Division was a band that formed near Manchester in Salford in the 1980s. Their music and the lives of the members of the band, in particular late frontman Ian Curtis, had a profound impact on the indie music scene across the UK and Curtis was immortalised in a film focusing on his rise and demise. The film, called Control, was released in 2007 to critical acclaim and is set to get a second airing at Brighton’s Fringe Film Festival.

To celebrate the re-release of the film, a series of arty posters have been designed by a collective of artists, designers and creative directors, including Chris Harrison of Harrison and Co. and Illustrator Ryan Gillet. The posters were commissioned by Jim Stephenson, a photographer. He spoke about the posters, saying:

“I reminded them to watch it [Control] again, and to make a poster of the film, not of Joy Division.”

Each poster is limited to a run of 30, which makes them highly desirable collector’s items, showing the power of the punch still packed by the medium of poster printing.

Manchester’s Joy Division can be caught lighting up the silver screen once more at the Duke of York Picture House in Brighton on 15th May.