Bassist Peter Hook:
“But Anton’s film is more chilling. Towards the end, it felt like someone had ripped out my heart and was stamping on it. To be honest, when [the Joy Division song] “Atmosphere” came on, I thought I was going to throw up.”
Guitarist Bernard Sumner:
“Sometimes a drumbeat would set him off. He’d go off in a trance for a bit, then he’d lose it and have a fit. We’d have to stop the show and carry him off to the dressing-room where he’d cry his eyes out because this appalling thing had just happened to him. The heavy barbiturates he was on seemed to compound the situation; they made him very, very sad. I just don’t think there was a solution to Ian’s problems.”
The director heaps praise on Sam Riley, the unknown actor who plays Ian Curtis: “Sam comes as close as it’s possible to get, I think. It’s really uncanny.”
The film opens October 5 in the US.