Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

A new documentary film: Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns.

I very much enjoyed it and if you are a fan of his photography and art work, it’s nice to get to know a little more about the man behind the camera. I’m not going to go into it more, because it’s a visual thing. What words could I use to convince you, you just have to see for yourself if the trailer makes you curious… which I hope.

If you haven’t yet, check out his movies Control (2007) (on Ian Curtis of Joy Division) and The American (2010) (starring George Clooney).

And you can check out some of my posts on Anton Corbijn too. ūüôā


Control (2007)

As said many times before (mybloglink), I wanted to see Control by Anton Corbijn. Well, it finally happened. I went, I looked and listened. Now time to write.


It’s about Ian Curtis’ life in his final years. How he joined a band called Warsaw that quickly evolved into Joy Division. You see how he falls in love, what energy he put into Joy Division, how he struggled with his epilepsy and how he clearly lost control.

I’ve not given you much of the plot, because … well … then you don’t need to see it anymore. That’s not the point.

picture: original band members of Joy Division


I’ve got to be honest. My main motivation was the guy who made the movie, Anton Corbijn. I love him as a photographer and music video director. So imagine my surprise when on the credits he was not named as cinematographer or director of photography – but some other guy.

Still, it was shot entirely in black and white (which I appreciate) – much to his style. And that was also where my main focus fell on, to tell you the truth. During certain shots, mainly the concert scenes of Joy Division like “She’s lost control”, my attention kept being drawn to how the light and shadow shifted on Ian Curtis’ face (played by Sam Riley).

I did learn new facts and got to know more about Joy Division. It still impresses me that he died at 23. So young and so troubled.

I liked the movie. Truthfully. But somewhere I expected something more. Maybe it was because of the anticipation I had building up for some time – that I expected to have a bit more waw-feeling. I know the comparison I’m about to make is worlds apart, but when I saw the movie Chaplin (1992) with Robert Downey Jr., I was so in awe about that – it really left me moved and made me want to know all to know about Chaplin. Here with Control, I did visit YouTube and ransacked my brother’s CD collection in search of a copy (Still (1981)). But I fear that my interest will pass sooner than my other sudden obsessions have. Although… weird as I am…. it can still occur later.

To knit an end to this post: it is a good movie – beautifully put into scene but just bear in mind it is documentary-like in its style. As is to be expected in a way.

My man, Anton Corbijn

I don’t know what it is, but I seem to have a fascination for whatever the man produces.

I already posted on him, just to inform you who he is, what he does and why I like his photography: mybloglink.

As said – repeatedly – I wish to watch his movie “Control” on the final years of Ian Curtis’ life (from Joy Division). And the praise and the awards seem to be stacking up.

Now this is a sword that cuts too ways, cause I have noticed that things that get too much praise and attention end up disappointing me. Not that I’m that difficult to please. As you might have noticed, I try to find at least something likeable in anything – not always possible. And there are things you have to appreciate after several viewings…. but I’m getting off track here. The other hand is, that it could really be a gem this “Control”.

Today I read on the news website of the Flemish tv channel VRT ( that Corbijn won 5 prizes at the British Independent Film Awards in London. Where it already had nominations in 10 categories.

Anyway – I should take some action and get myself to the theatre before it is no longer played and I have to watch it on a small screen (the horror!).

I just find it great he stuck to his style of black and white, Corbijn I mean. People today are too much against it – don’t know why – but some things are powerful and edgy-er when colour is taken away, when distraction is taken away…

I do hope to catch another exhibition of Corbijn, but hope he’ll show more than what he offered in Antwerp last time.

Anton Corbijn: photographer extraordinaire

I was cleaning out my wallet and getting rid of the excess in pieces of paper, when I suddenly found a ticket to the museum of photography of Antwerp. I forgot I had it. A year or so ago I went to an exhibition of the photographer Anton Corbijn with my sister.

Anton Corbijn is from The Netherlands and is known for directing videos for Depeche Mode (Devotional / Exiter tour) and U2 and the artwork involved. He has photographed a lot of musicians and actors, but instead of choosing a stylized look, his photographs tend to be raw and put the subject often in an a-typical setting. I like his style a lot.

He has photographed Metallica, Anthony Kiedis, Johnny Cash, Danny De Vito, Madness, Joy Division, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, Bauhaus, Nicolas Cage, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Therapy?, The Killers, Kraftwerk, Kylie Minogue … the list is too long.

I enjoyed the exhibition in Antwerp, but was a bit disappointed that it was so small. A name like his deserved more than just two halls. Besides, most of the exhibited pictures I already knew from the photo book we have. I was hoping for different work to be exhibited.

You can check out his official website and click on the images to get info on the shot.