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See Control at Spinningfields this Thursday

Ian Curtis biopic opens the season of outdoor film screenings at Spinningfields

Published on May 18th 2010.

See Control at Spinningfields this Thursday

The open air film screenings at Spinningfields start again this Thursday with Ian Curtis biopic Control. They're showing it to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of his suicide.

It's not the cheeriest start to a summer season of films, but we like it that Spinningfields are willing to take a few risks with their programming. Control was critically acclaimed when it was released in cinemas in 2007. It tells the story of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis's troubled life from his school days to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980. The film explores the pressures he felt from his epilepsy, a failing marriage, his new lover and a band that relied on him, in an attempt to explain his decision to hang himself at the age of 23.

It's a great film but it makes difficult viewing at times. We don't recommend it if you're in any way depressed. It's one thing to shed a few tears in a darkened cinema, it's another thing to start blubbing out in the open air of Hardman Square.

If you need a stiff drink after the film, head to Peter Hook co-owned club FAC251 The Factory. They'll be offering two for one entry that night to anyone who attends the screening.

The Screenfields season will continue in a more upbeat mode from next week with Tom Cruise in cheesy 1980s classic Cocktail on 27 May. The following week, it's the turn of nostalgic favourite of 30-something ladies – Dirty Dancing.

Here's the full schedule for the summer. All the film screenings are free.

20th May - Control (15)
27th May - Cocktail (15)
3rd June - Dirty Dancing (12)
10th June - The Italian Job (U)
17th June - Leon (15)
24th June - Pretty Woman (15)
1st July - Match Point (15)
15th July - Roman Holiday (U)
22nd July - Layer Cake (15)
29th July - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (15)
5th August - Blues Brothers (15)
12th August - Stand by Me (15)
19th August - Moulin Rouge (15)
26th August - Borat (15)
2nd September - The Devil Wears Prada (12)
9th September - The Quiet Man (U)

There's also going to be a family friendly film club every Saturday morning at 11am throughout the school holidays. Screenings will include UP, High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Fantastic Mr Fox. A special one-off screening of Jurassic Park will be shown on Sunday 1 August at 7pm in partnership with the Family Friendly Film Festival.

Popcorn will be available at all film showings. You can get your bevvies from Giraffe's outdoor bar, your food from Carluccio's gourmet barbecue, or a £25 hamper for two from Carluccio's at Spinningfields (pre order 24 hours in advance). Deckchairs and picnic blankets can be hired for a small rental fee.

Click here to visit the Spinningfields website.

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