Why did Ian Curtis commit suicide

Support act instead of supporting film:
On September 20 and 21.9. play "Nix Festes" a small concert (duration 30 minutes) before the film. We are looking forward to it! The style is an excellent match for the film.

On June 4, 1976, four young men from Manchester attended a Sex Pistols concert. Impressed, they formed a band that would make music history as the Joy Division. Four years later, lead singer Ian Curtis' suicide ripped the band from their prime.
JOY DIVISION tells the story of a band and their influence on the music industry with live recordings, some of which have never been shown before, personal photos, films and rediscovered tapes
and culture is still unbroken even after 30 years. The documentation also draws its strength from the memories of the surviving band members (now New Order) and many contemporary witnesses.

Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook as well as Tony Wilson, Anton Corbijn and Annik Honoré and many others report touching and fresh. from a time when music was the only thing Manchester was worth living for.


Documentary about the British post-punk band "Joy Division", which mixed up the music scene between 1978 and 1980, but disappeared after the death of its charismatic singer Ian Curtis. It not only tells the story of the band and their aggressive, combative music, but also that of their origins in the ailing industrial area of ​​Manchester in the 1970s. An enlightening work that expands its diverse material beyond the biographical construction to the exploration of cultural history. - From 14th FilmDienst

Director’s statement
In 1980, at the age of 15, I bought the Joy Division album "Unknown Pleasures". At that time it was the most beautiful thing for me that I had ever owned and also the first music record,
which not only haunted any sounds, but created a whole new landscape.
A few months later, while listening to John Peel's radio show in bed, I learned that lead singer Ian Curtis had committed suicide. I felt like I had lost my youth.
Aside from filmmaking, there is only one activity that I really enjoy: studying urban geography, the spirit of a place. When I was approached by producers Tom Atencio, Tom Astor and screenwriter Jon Savage in 2006 and they told me about the
Documentation about Joy Division they were developing, it was natural for me that this project should be about beauty, loss and the city.

The filmmaker
Grant Gee - director
The English filmmaker Grant Gee, born in Plymouth, Devon, studied geography at Oxford University (St. Catherine’s College) and then graduated from the University of
Illinois, from Champaign-Urbana. Gee is a trained geography teacher (with two cord jackets) primarily with his work as a filmmaker and cameraman for the documentary MEETING PEOPLE
IS EASY became known through the band Radiohead. The documentary, produced in 1998, was nominated for a Grammy.
His short films, which are more or less experimental, include: FOUND SOUND (1997), (TEL AVIV) CITY SYMPHONY (2000), 400 ANARCHISTS (2002) and MR. FRED ZENTNER’S ...
(2005). These films have been shown internationally as part of the touring programs organized by the British Council, Onedotzero and London Film and Video Umbrella.
As a cameraman, Gran Gee was also responsible for the award-winning film FASTER (2003), a feature-length documentary about Moto GP motorcycle races directed by Mark Neale. Gee's dance film TORSION for Ballet Boys aired on Channel 4 in 2006 as part of a tribute to choreographer Russel Maliphant. He also co-directed the film for DEMON DAYS LIVE by the band Gorillaz with David Barnard, which was released in 2007 for the
Grammy nominated. Grant Gee's projects also include the documentary SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN (directed by Stephen Kijak), for which he acted as cameraman and editor. The film
premiered in 2006 at the London Film Festival. Grant Gee lives in Brighton, UK.