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England is Mine 


An evocative (and surprisingly funny) portrait of (Steven Patrick) Morrissey, frontman of iconic band The Smiths, focused on his time in 70s Manchester as an alienated teenager desperately trying to find his place in the world.

Jack Lowden stars as the youthfully arrogant Steven, who desperately wants to write and sing, but his voice goes no further than the NME letters page and his dead-end office walls. When the punk scene explodes, however, Steven discovers there's more to life - and so embarks on a journey to become himself - Morrissey - in a world that's trying to make him like anyone else.

This biopic is unauthorised (so don't expect his songs on the soundtrack or his words in the script) but it still impressively explores his influences, ambition, disappointment and creativity. Ending with that fateful meeting with one Johnny Marr, it leaves you in little doubt that this is the man who will go on to be one of the UK's most legendary voices.