England Is Mine — Trailer

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added: Fri, Jun 30th '17

Before celebrated rock singer Morrissey became first widely known as the pompadour-coiffed frontman for the seminal '80s British band 'The Smiths,' he was a shaggy-haired kid from a working-class family in Manchester, England.

Morrissey's formative punk-rock years have been dramatized for a new unauthorized biopic called "England Is Mine," starring up-and-comer Jack Lowden (soon to be seen in Christopher Nolan's WWII thriller "Dunkirk") as the young Steven Patrick Morrissey.

Set in 1970s Manchester, the British film follows Morrissey when he was just starting out as a young aspiring music journalist who frequented local punk and glam rock clubs, where he eventually met a young talented guitarist named Billy Duffy (portrayed in the film by newcomer Adam Lawrence).

Morrissey and Duffy would later play together in the short-lived '70s punk band "The Nosebleeds." As history dictates, Morrissey shortly went on to start "The Smiths" with now-legendary guitarist Johnny Marr. Duffy, by the way, also went on to find success, forming the influential '80s rock band "The Cult."

Mark Gill, the director-writer of the Oscar-nominated short film "The Voorman Problem," makes his feature film debut with "England Is Mine," which also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Jodie Comer (The White Princess), and Laurie Kynaston as a young Johnny Marr.

The film will make its world premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival on July 2nd. It will also receive a U.K. theatrical release on August 4th.

A heartfelt portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester, before he went on to become lead singer of seminal '80s band The Smiths.

Director Mark Gill, Oscar and BAFTA nominated for his astounding short film "The Voorman Problem" captures the Industrial North of Thatcher's Britain: unemployment, rioting, social change. But amidst all the chaos, the teenage Morrissey feels a spark of creativity.


directed by   Mark Gill

starring   Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Adam Lawrence, Jodie Comer, Laurie Kynaston

release date   August 4, 2017 (U.K. release)

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