The clip opens with the future rock icon as a budding music journalist, scribing a scathing review on a typewriter. “The local music scene is the sole preserve of troglodytes whose regard for subtlety and variation is comparable to a pig’s passion for the slaughterhouse,” narrates Steven Patrick Morrissey (Jack Lowden). “In case I haven’t made myself clear, it wasn’t very good.”
Upon some prodding from visual artist friend Linder Sterling (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the insular writer pursues his own music career – first playing live with punk act the Nosebleeds, and later answering his door to greet teenage guitarist Johnny Marr, with whom he co-founded the Smiths.
In the film, director Mark Gill focuses strictly on Morrissey’s early years in Manchester. England Is Mine marks Gill’s first feature project following two shorts, including 2011’s Oscar-nominated The Voorman Problem.
England Is Mine premieres July 2nd at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, with a wide U.K. release following on August 4th.