Translating the story of a highly controversial personality to screen is no mean feat. Doing so without the blessing of the actual person is even more so. The life of Steven Morrissey, a renowned and idolised musician, is undoubtedly fascinating, rising from Inland Revenue filing clerk to icon, and is destined to reach the cinema eventually. One of a global movement of Morrissey fans, director Mark Gill was introduced to The Smiths frontman’s music in his teenage years. Both from Manchester, there was comfort and solace to be found in the songs that would launch Morrissey to international success.
“I’d bought Hatful of Hollow on cassette from Woolies in Stretford, and put it straight in my Walkman,” Gill recalls. “The first track starts, the first line is delivered: ‘The rain falls down on a humdrum town.’ Right there I had a soundtrack to my life.”
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1. Trailer for England is Mine. Courtesy of Hanway Films.