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Joy Division Movie Triumphs at Film Awards

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Nov 29, 2007 | 4:21am EST

A movie charting the story of rock band Joy Division swept the board at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Wednesday night, receiving five honors. 

Control was nominated for 10 awards at the ceremony and took five of the gongs, including the coveted awards for best film and best director for Anton Corbijn.

The movie, which chronicles the life of the late Ian Curtis, who died in 1980, also won in the categories of best director debut, best supporting actor--for Toby Kebbell--and most promising newcomer, for actor Sam Riley.

Other winners at the star-studded London ceremony included Judi Dench, who took best actress for her role in Notes on a Scandal, and Viggo Mortensen, who was named best actor for Eastern Promises. James Bond star Daniel Craig received the Variety Award, and British actor Ray Winstone was honored with the Richard Harris Award.

The much-acclaimed film about the life of the Clash frontman Joe Strummer also received a nod, with Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten being named as best documentary. The award for best technical achievement went to Mark Tildesley for Sunshine, and The Lives of Others received the award of best foreign independent feature.

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