Morrissey's old pal blasts 'insulting' biopic

The singer has yet to share his thoughts on the new movie.

A close childhood friend of rocker Morrissey has taken aim at filmmakers behind an unauthorised biopic about the former The Smiths frontman, slamming the project as "historical fiction".

England Is Mine stars Jack Lowden as the eccentric singer and chronicles the young Steven Morrissey's childhood in Manchester, England, as well as his first steps to stardom.

It premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland on Sunday (02Jul17), but now one of the musician's old associates has spoken out against the movie, alleging it is full of inaccuracies.

In a lengthy post on Facebook, James Maker, who used to perform with Morrissey at some of The Smiths' early shows, wrote, "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)...

"It is not a biopic, but historical fiction. A strange move, considering that those formative years have been so abundantly well-documented..."

Maker, who is not depicted in director Mark Gill's England Is Mine, continued, "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."

Morrissey has yet to comment on the project, which also stars Laurie Kynaston as a young Johnny Marr, Simone Kirby as the 58-year-old's mother Elizabeth, and Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay as artist Linder Sterling.

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