England Is Mine (15)

England is mine

From the archive

This film was last shown on 17 August 2017

"The local music scene is the sole preserve of troglodytes whose regard for subtlety and variation is comparable to a pig's passion for the slaughterhouse... In case I haven't made myself clear, it wasn't very good."

Gill’s unauthorised account of The Smiths’ frontman’s early years finds a young Morrissey hunched over a typewriter, writing scathing reviews for the NME. Trying to find his place in a world that won’t listen, and feeling dejected in his humdrum job at the local tax office, the writer turns to performing in punk band the Nosebleeds before meeting the final line-up that would become the seminal band. The soundtrack boasts the inspirations that shaped Morrissey’s lyrical and musical style, and Jack Lowden (War & Peace, ’71) perfectly captures both the self-mocking vulnerability and biting wit wrapped up in the teenager from Manchester.


Mark Gill
94 mins
Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Comer


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