Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We're back!

After a long period of inactivity (on the blog that is, not in real life of course!) it's time to resurface -- and what better way to do so than with an announcement of two evening activities! Next Tuesday (25 September) at 6 pm, the English Unit is organizing an informal drinks party to say "thank you" and "farewell" to Delphine, who is moving to Geneva soon. (Click the image to see a bigger version of the poster.)

And on Wednesday 10 October, anyone who is interested in seeing the recent film Control, directed by the renowned Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, is welcome to join us on our film excursion to Leuven (note: we have had to reschedule; the trip will only be organized if, of course, the film is still on display at the right time and place!). Control tells the story of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the hugely influential Manchester (or "Madchester", as it became known in the eighties) band Joy Division, who had to cope with personal problems in his relationships (with his wife Deborah and with a Belgian woman, Annik Honoré) as well as with a medical condition (epilepsy) and who sadly committed suicide at the age of 23, shortly before Joy Division were to embark on their first big tour of the US. Here's the offical film trailer...

...and for those of you who think they've never heard of Joy Division: you may want to reconsider after listening to their best known song, Love Will Tear Us Apart:

Some live footage of Joy Division performing in 1979 is also available from YouTube, and illustrates (especially in the second song, "She's lost control") Curtis's unique dancing style which according to some recalls his epileptic fits.

If you want to join us to go and see the film, please consult the bulletin board on the fifth floor for more information.

P.S. Anyone interested in the music and/or the period (or simply in great filmmaking) should certainly try to see the brilliant film 24 hour party people, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring British comedian and actor Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson, the Manchester impresario and tv presenter who co-founded the legendary Factory Label (which released among others the music of Joy Division and its successor New Order) as well as the Haçienda Club in Manchester, and on whom Coogan loosely based his comic alter ego Alan Partridge. Unfortunately Tony Wilson passed away very recently.

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