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Friday, 30 June 2017

Day 2215 - Gone!

The Morfessa twitter account has been closed - she has left The Wrong Arms. Perhaps she tired of imbeciles who were unable to recognise a simple Patti Smith lyric when they saw one.

In other news, a trailer has been released for the film England is Mine, which is due to premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on July 2nd before hitting cinemas on August 4th.



I have to say that although the film is no doubt full of inaccuracies, the trailer has made me want to see the film - and after all, despite the inaccuracies, it is about Morrissey, so what Morrissey fan wouldn't want to see it?

I would like to have asked Morfessa what she thought of the trailer, but no doubt I would have received the same answer that Morrissey gave me in that exclusive FTM interview in April, when he wrote:

"I already know how the narrative arch of this film and the various clichés and tropes it will delve into. The Morrissey character will be portrayed as a loner, dressed in a brown cardigan, drowning under copious amounts of literature who was destined to live with his mother until he died of old age at 47. The Morrissey character will be depicted as hopeless and loveless and ugliness personified with no hope of ever escaping his early-twenties exile until a youth called Johnny decided to knock on his front door. Why watch something when you know the story?"


Actually, now I think about it, that's exactly how the trailer portrays him; although it may be a brown overcoat as opposed to a brown cardigan!
Oh well, I'll still venture into Cineworld in August with my bucket of popcorn, if nothing else, to see the wonderful Jessica Brown-Findley, who plays Linder Sterling.



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13 comments:

  1. me, I wont be watching the film

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    1. You would be the best person to watch and critique this film. It was your era, your stamping ground. You must remember some of it!!

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    2. you calling me old.. well yes, I suppose I am, but I'm afraid I have not seen the trailer nor do I want to I'm afraid, as for the film, that will be a no from me, I just cant see how they can create how rough Manchester was back then and that's before they even have a go at bringing Morrissey across, I can recall speaking with Pat Phoenix I must have been about 18 and she said that she loved Manchester but wouldn't want to walk alone at night there though, that has always stuck in my mind because she was such a strong woman

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    3. "England Is Mine struggles to evoke the atmosphere of its setting — Manchester, 1976-1982" - The Hollywood Reporter.... are you a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, Manc lad?

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  2. I want to watch the film too! It's about my love!😘👍🏻

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  3. At the risk of sounding negative, sensitive & a bit precious the film doesn't grab my attention. Without input from Morrissey I fear it will not paint the true picture. I hope I am proved wrong.

    My appreciation to Ernesto for the nod & wink to such a cracking song ;)

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  4. It's no secret that I, too, am not interested in seeing the film. I hope that Morfessa will consider returning to us sometime.

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  5. I've watched the trailer a dozen or so times now, and I am genuinely excited to see the film. I've never read Rogan's book, The Severed Alliance, because my presumption is that it is a negative take on things, but this film looks to be a loving tribute. Yes there will be clichés. Yes there will be storyline & dialogue inaccuracies, and yes it will portray Morrissey as an incredibly shy and awkward young adult - which he was - but unless the trailer is terribly misleading, it fills me with optimism that an incredibly important story is going to be put on film in a positive way.

    It may have been better if Morrissey had been involved, but despite the fact that he likes to be in control, I just think he would have felt too uncomfortable - the past is a strange place.

    One thing that is for sure, is that when people leave the cinema, they will head straight home to play This Charming Man and Hand in Glove, and it certainly isn't going to harm sales of the new LP.

    And finally, The Queen is Dead remains at Number 1 for a second week in the UK Vinyl Singles Chart. The release wasn't as limited as we may have been led to believe, with more copies arriving in shops throughout the UK all week.

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  6. Seems to me that this is another 'made for tv' film touted at cinemas. I doubt that it will be showing at my local independent cinema. The thought of venturing to my nearest Cineworld leaves me cold. My soul shrivels at the sight of the Jackson Pollack carpet. And as for cinema goers who can't sit for 90 minutes without stuffing themselves with a trough of popcorn...

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    1. I have always loved going to the cinema, and a bucket of popcorn is a must to get the full experience.
      As for other cinema goers, when I went to watch Ricky Gervais's Life on the Road, there were only three of us in there... mind you, it was a Monday afternoon.

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  7. I have always felt biopics to be like love letters to heros long dead, if you had asked me whose biopic I anticipated I would have said Prince or David Bowie both legends, both have passed into the mire, certainly not Moz, not yet.  So ask myself Who is dead in this movie? The Smiths are dead. Then it makes sense. That story is untouchable which is why I assume the film ends with Marr knocking on Moz's door and the rest is history. I don't think this story is about moping teenage Moz rather how that old coat was shed in order to form one of the most influential bands of our century. So where is The Smiths biopic or would that be too difficult a screenplay to write. If it wasn't it would have been adapted instead of this cliche fantasy of who Morrissey was, don't forget there is another movie due this year about an incident at a radio station after The Smiths broke up, which I find funny 'cos we see the origins and the aftermath but nothing inbetween. I would have liked this biopic film to end, (or to really begin ..) at Wolverhampton. Does that make sense?
    In any case I'll go if I win tickets otherwise I'll wait until the fan fare wears down.

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  8. As for the trailer for the film England Is Mine, I found it to be dreadful. I am aware that the film makers could not find a teenage/early 20s Morrissey look-a-like who also posesses acting ability but I found the thespian portraying young Moz to be awful and having no resemblance at all to the real thing. Whether he (forgive me for I know not the name of the offender,) has talent as an actor remains to be seen because I cannot and will not judge until I have witnessed the film in full. But the actor's looks bothered me to the point of distraction. I realize that his physical appearance is not the most important element of the film but the plot appears to consist of the same cliched junk that writers having been telling and selling the masses ever since The Smiths (the world) began. Yes, I will still see the movie, of course. I am a Morrissey fiend and it is my duty to myself to watch this film. I have seen and enjoyed many other biopics and some of my all time favorite films are from the genre. (The actors playing the lead did not bother me as this guy does.) Even when I knew the plot to be an exaggeration, a flimsy, depthless caricature or outright lies, I took them for what they were and own at least a half dozen on DVD. In comparison to some of the others I am referring to, this biopic reminds me most of Nowhere Boy, which is about a teenage/early 20s John Lennon whose life is drastically changed for the better when he meets a young Paul McCartney. There is a similar scene to the one when Johnny knocks on Morrissey's door where Paul knocks on John's door even though that is not how John met Paul. Those are my dribbling thoughts so far.

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  9. As for the trailer for the film England Is Mine, I found it to be dreadful. I am aware that the film makers could not find a teenage/early 20s Morrissey look-a-like who also posesses acting ability but I found the thespian portraying young Moz to be awful and having no resemblance at all to the real thing. Whether he (forgive me for I know not the name of the offender,) has talent as an actor remains to be seen because I cannot and will not judge until I have witnessed the film in full. But the actor's looks bothered me to the point of distraction. I realize that his physical appearance is not the most important element of the film but the plot appears to consist of the same cliched junk that writers having been telling and selling the masses ever since The Smiths (the world) began. Yes, I will still see the movie, of course. I am a Morrissey fiend and it is my duty to myself to watch this film. I have seen and enjoyed many other biopics and some of my all time favorite films are from the genre. (The actors playing the lead did not bother me as this guy does.) Even when I knew the plot to be an exaggeration, a flimsy, depthless caricature or outright lies, I took them for what they were and own at least a half dozen on DVD. In comparison to some of the others I am referring to, this biopic reminds me most of Nowhere Boy, which is about a teenage/early 20s John Lennon whose life is drastically changed for the better when he meets a young Paul McCartney. There is a similar scene to the one when Johnny knocks on Morrissey's door where Paul knocks on John's door even though that is not how John met Paul. Those are my dribbling thoughts so far.

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