Queen guitarist Brian May visited late singer Freddie Mercury’s birthplace, Zanzibar; and wrote his experience on Instagram.

Here’s what he wrote:

“ZANZIBAR. Freddie’s birthplace. Finally. The hospital where Farrokh was born to Jer and Bomi Bulsara on the 5th September 1946. And later his sister Kashmira in the same place. It was a thrill for me to find it. 💥💥💥💥

So did we do our friend justice in the recent movie we ‘uncled’ ? Some of the comments on my previous post about the ‘accuracy’ of the Bohemian Rhapsody film make me realise that many people don’t understand what ‘accurate’ means in the context of a biopic – rather than a documentary. Stop and think about it.

You’re trying to portray 20 years in two hours of screen time. And you have a story you want to tell about the emotional and spiritual journey of a man in the context of his family and friends, and his entire life’s work. You want to tell the story honestly, decently, without avoiding any important issues, yet without gratuitous prurient detail.

You want it to make sense to people of all races, colours, sexual proclivities and ages. And, crucially, you want it to be entertaining, emotionally inspiring, or else why bother ?! Think about the vast amount of situations and millions of words actually spoken in that 20 years.

There is no way to tell your story without compressing timescales, moving events around, condensing multiple conversations over years into single scenes, amalgamating characters, and basically LEAVING 99.9 per cent of what actually happened OUT !!! A few armchair critics think, by comparing the film’s narrative with scraps that they’ve picked up from press stories, unauthorised biographies, etc, that they see ‘mistakes’ ? I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams.

The fact that this movie has become by far the most successful biopic in history tells me that we – or actually the whole BR team – on the whole – got it right. 💥💥💥💥 Thanks for the overwhelming support so many of you folks have given me on this – I’m very touched. I have great pals. OK pals – we’ve all said our bit – shall we move on ? 😊 Bri”

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ZANZIBAR. Freddie’s birthplace. Finally. The hospital where Farrokh was born to Jer and Bomi Bulsara on the 5th September 1946. And later his sister Kashmira in the same place. It was a thrill for me to find it. 💥💥💥💥So did we do our friend justice in the recent movie we ‘uncled’ ? Some of the comments on my previous post about the ‘accuracy’ of the Bohemian Rhapsody film make me realise that many people don’t understand what ‘accurate’ means in the context of a biopic – rather than a documentary. Stop and think about it. You’re trying to portray 20 years in two hours of screen time. And you have a story you want to tell about the emotional and spiritual journey of a man in the context of his family and friends, and his entire life’s work. You want to tell the story honestly, decently, without avoiding any important issues, yet without gratuitous prurient detail. You want it to make sense to people of all races, colours, sexual proclivities and ages. And, crucially, you want it to be entertaining, emotionally inspiring, or else why bother ?! Think about the vast amount of situations and millions of words actually spoken in that 20 years. There is no way to tell your story without compressing timescales, moving events around, condensing multiple conversations over years into single scenes, amalgamating characters, and basically LEAVING 99.9 per cent of what actually happened OUT !!! A few armchair critics think, by comparing the film’s narrative with scraps that they’ve picked up from press stories, unauthorised biographies, etc, that they see ‘mistakes’ ? I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams. The fact that this movie has become by far the most successful biopic in history tells me that we – or actually the whole BR team – on the whole – got it right. 💥💥💥💥 Thanks for the overwhelming support so many of you folks have given me on this – I’m very touched. I have great pals. OK pals – we’ve all said our bit – shall we move on ? 😊 Bri

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