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18/05/07
London and GB Take the Musical Route to Cannes
- Joy Division and The Clash feature among special events at Riviera festival

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten. Copyright: Vertigo FilmsTHIS YEAR'S Cannes Film Festival might not have any British films in its main competition section, but it does have The Queen director Stephen Frears as president of the jury and plenty of movies in other sections of the famous annual shindig on the Riviera.

Friday night saw Ian Curtis/Joy Division biopic Control receive a warm reception from an audience of film critics as part of the Director's Fortnight.

Featuring new actor Sam Riley and helmed by first time director Anton Corbijn, famous for years as a photographer, Control has already passed the test of appealing to the remaining members of the legendary 1970s band.

"They hardly ever agree on anything together, but they have agreed that they all love the film," said Corbijn.

Still on the music front, Julian Temple is in Cannes to talk about his movie, out this weekend in London, about the life and times of The Clash frontman, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.

That's one of an increasing number of films set in London, a phenomenon helped by a change in attitude a few years back by local authorities, which are now seen as plenty more helpful to film-makers than was once the case.

One of the best of those London films, 28 Weeks Later, is testament to the success of London on film and its makers, DNA films, are among the panellists at a special Cannes event called Film Friendly London.



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