England is Mine offers an amusing and evocative portrait of singer-songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey. Set in the 1970s as his ambitions to be a musician developed, but before he went on to become lead singer of The Smiths, this is Morrissey (beautifully played by rising star Jack Lowden) brimming with youthful arrogance, but searching to find his place in the musical world. An unauthorised portrait, the film takes its title from Still Ill.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: 2000 AD
Welcome to the wilderness. Part nod to the opening of Kubrick’s 2001: Dawn of (Monkey) Man sequence, part Planet of the Apes/Planet of the Grapes and part comment on the birth cycle via a Chuck Berry porno film, 2000AD is a 7-minute twisted travelogue starring a winged monkey from Oz called Brexit. Will we ever heal the gash of that separation?
We will be joined by director Mark Gill and writer William Thacker for a Q&A following our preview screening on Thu 3 August.