How to make a music biopic that people want to see

Sid and Nancy

Even if you haven’t seen it, you can probably guess a few good reasons why so many critics have panned the recent Morrissey biopic England Is Mine. Following the former Smiths frontman’s ongoing slide into increasingly right-leaning politics, maybe a film about the singer’s martyred adolescence was a rather bitter pill to swallow. Or maybe the film came a few years too late, as Morrissey’s 2013 autobiography already spent a whole lot of vocabulary canonising his pietistic formative…

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