THE OSCAR-NOMINATED TEAM BEHIND THE VOORMAN PROBLEM ANNOUNCE MORRISSEY BIOPIC
8th May 2014, Stretford, Manchester, UK.
The Oscar-nominated team behind THE VOORMAN PROBLEM are pleased to announce that development is underway on a feature-length portrait of Morrissey as a young man currently under the working title of STEVEN.
Developed by Manchester-based Honlodge Productions, the film is a portrait of Morrissey’s early life prior to forming a legendary songwriting partnership with Johnny Marr. The Smiths, who went on to sell millions of records worldwide, were described by the BBC as “the band that inspired deeper devotion than any British group since The Beatles”.
Director Mark Gill and producer Baldwin Li are joined by producer Orian Williams, whose credits include CONTROL, the critically acclaimed biopic of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. The screenplay is written by Mark Gill and William Thacker, whose debut novel CHARM OFFENSIVE was released by Legend Press in March 2014. Casting will be by Shaheen Baig (CONTROL, THE OTHERS, LOCKE).
Director Mark Gill states: “The film covers Morrissey’s life pre-Smiths and is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic. It’s as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I can’t deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester.”
The team are targeting late 2014 to start principal photography in the UK. The film is being developed with the support of Screen Yorkshire and Creative England.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Mark Gill – Director and Co-writer
Mark’s first major short film, THE VOORMAN PROBLEM, was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 and a BAFTA in 2013. The film, which stars Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander, has achieved more than 50 official festival selections and collected awards in the UK, Europe and USA. Raised in Stretford, Mark is a lifelong Morrissey and Smiths fan. He is represented by Simon Blakey at The Agency (London) Ltd.
Baldwin Li – Producer
Baldwin is the Oscar and BAFTA nominated producer of THE VOORMAN PROBLEM. He studied English Literature and Language at Balliol College, Oxford University before going on to found Honlodge Productions in 2006. He has worked with both Mark and William since 2008. Baldwin is based in Manchester.
Orian Williams – Producer
Orian has produced a wide-ranging body of award-winning work including CONTROL (2007), the acclaimed biopic about Ian Curtis of post-punk band Joy Division, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000), and BIG SUR (2013), a portrait of Jack Kerouac in his later years. Orian is based in Los Angeles.
William Thacker – Co-writer
William is a young scriptwriter and author whose debut novel CHARM OFFENSIVE (Legend Press) was released in March 2014. In 2013 William co-wrote with Mark Gill his first major short film, FULL TIME, which has been screened at festivals in the UK and internationally. He is represented by Wendy Scozzaro at Felix de Wolfe and is based in London.
Shaheen Baig – Casting Director
Shaheen has received over thirty feature film credits including CONTROL (Anton Corbijn), BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Peter Strickland), THE IMPOSSIBLE (J. A. Bayona) and LOCKE (Steven Knight). She is currently working on 2014 Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s next feature film THE FUTURE and with J.A. Bayona on A MONSTER CALLS.