England Is Mine

Director: Mark Gill. Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay. UK 2017. 94 mins.

Self-absorbed miserablist or uncompromising observer of shifting cultural values? Both may be said of Steven Morrissey, singer-songwriter and former frontman of seminal ’80s band The Smiths. This striking docu-drama contextualises his career by chronicling his troubled adolescence in 1970s Manchester – a time when he was still finding his musical mojo. Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) stars as the young Morrissey, a restless teenager struggling to escape his working-class roots, taking a string of dead-end jobs as his parents’ marriage disintegrates. Yet after meeting art student Linder (Brown Findlay), his courage and sense of purpose grow, marking the start of his journey to become the artist that he knows, deep down, he is destined to be. An evocative and often amusing portrait, England Is Mine is as compelling and at times heart-rending as Morrissey’s own back catalogue.

Club and Group screenings

Thu 24th Aug 13.50 Silver Screen: Aged over 60? Join the Silver Screen Club for discounted tickets and a free tea or coffee at these shows. Usual ticket prices apply to non-Members.

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