Morrissey biopic being developed by makers of The Voorman Problem

Mark Gill co-wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated short starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander. Now he's turned his attention to the former Smiths frontman...

Morrissey’s early years are to be turned into a film by the man behind this year’s Oscar-nominated short The Voorman Problem, which stars Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander.


The biopic will look at the controversial singer’s early career in Manchester “pre-Smiths”, before his songwriting partnership with Johnny Marr, and is currently using the working title of Steven – Morrissey’s first name.

Director Mark Gill – who co-wrote and directed the Voorman Problem – revealed his new project is “as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees,” before adding, “but I can’t deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester.”

Described as “more of a portrait than a conventional biopic,” the project will be co-written by Gill along with author William Thacker with shooting expected to begin at the end of this year.

It is not yet clear whether the project has been given Morrissey’s blessing, although the singer divulged plenty of details of his childhood in inner-city Manchester in the 1960s as part of his 630-page memoir published last year.

Morrissey will next be seen on stage with Tom Jones this Saturday at Los Angeles Sports Arena before sharing the stage with Cliff Richard at New York’s Barclays Centre on 21 June.

The Voorman Problem was Gill’s first major short film and received a Bafta nomination as well as appearing on the shortlist at this year’s Academy Awards.


Morrissey was frontman of seminal indie band The Smiths between 1982 and 1987. He pursued a solo career following the group’s split and has released ten albums to date.