England is Mine adalah film biografi Steven Patrick Morrissey yang berfokus pada kehidupannya di tahun 1970-an. Lebih tepatnya sebelum Morrissey memulai kariernya bersama The Smiths di 1980-an.
Film tersebut melakukan debut penayangannya di Edinburgh Film Festival beberapa hari lalu. Sayangnya, film ini menuai kritikan yang cukup tajam dari salah satu rekan Morrissey, James Maker. James adalah teman kecil Morrissey yang juga pernah bekerja sama dengan Moz di berbagai proyek. Dia bahkan mengatakan bahwa film tersebut merupakan sebuah “fiksi historis”.
Berikut adalah pernyataannya yang diambil dari laman Facebook James Maker:
Statement: ‘ENGLAND IS MINE’ (film)
According to the trailer of ‘England Is Mine’, Morrissey was an autistic, retiring creature with both curly hair and a natural crimp, who had to be physically pushed into becoming a singer by a well-meaning friend (one who did not actually communicate with Morrissey throughout The Smiths’ success) . Worse, they have put him in a green duffle coat and given him not one line of the Morrissyean wit we have all come to know. It is not a biopic, but historical fiction. A strange move, considering that those formative years have been so abundantly well-documented.
I knew him then, and I knew the house at 384 Kings Road. Morrissey’s mother should sue the filmmakers on their misrepresentation of her curtaining, alone. But the fact is, this is not Morrissey. The premise that if Morrissey could be a singer, then anybody could, is disingenuous, and rather insulting to his original talent as an artist.
At the time, and previous to the formation of The Smiths, Morrissey had very few close friends. This is documented in Morrissey’s memoir, ‘Autobiography’, and my memoir, ‘AutoFellatio’. I do not appear in the film, and characters who did not exist in real life are invented by the film-makers.
I am relieved not to be included, because if they can portray the protagonist as a person with crimped hair who relies upon guiding hands on shoulders, to thrust him through life’s revolving doors, then I am merely someone who, miraculously, managed to venture further than the ‘NO BALL GAMES’ sign posted adjacent to my bedroom window.
England is Mine dibintangi oleh Jack Lowden, Jessica Findlay, Jodie Comer, Laune Kynaston, dan Peter McDonald. Film yang disutradarai oleh Mark Gill rencananya akan dirilis mulai 4 Agustus di UK.
Sumber: The Hollywood Reporter