It seems to be the year of the musician biopics and Morrissey is the next singer to have his life story told in the film ‘England is Mine’. Those lucky enough to be attending the Edinburgh film festival were the first people to watch Morrissey biopic, but what did the critics think?
The world premiere of ‘England is Mine’ brought Edinburgh Film Festival to a close on Sunday, with director Mark Gill there to see his work on the big screen. Along with Gill was Jack Lowden who plays The Smiths’ singer in the movie, and Jessica Brown Findlay who plays Linder Sterling. Gill couldn’t contain his excitement at closing the festival, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, saying it was a “real honor.” He went on to say that the film was a “passion project” as The Smiths were his “first love.”
The biopic, which was not authorized by Morrissey, follows the life and journey of the crooner during his early years, growing up in Manchester in the 1970s. Gill actually grew up on the same street as Morrissey, and admitted he found the project deeply personal. He said:
“Every film has to be a passion project to some degree but I think this for me, it’s my first film, I wouldn’t say it was easy but getting to make a film about where I grew up, about something that I loved, it was comforting.”
Critics have given ‘England is Mine’ a mixed reception after its debut, with an average of around 3 out of 5 stars. There definitely seem to be some aspects of Morrissey’s life and struggles growing up, that have been brushed under the carpet for cinematic effect. Emma Simmonds, a critic from The List, said that the film “has its moments but will frustrate fans.”
Either way, it’s definitely going on our to-watch list so we can make our own minds up. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer for the Morrissey biopic, ‘England is Mine’