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Nowhere boy - Kristin Scott-Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Aaron Johnson, Sam Taylor-Wood

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Nowhere boy, the début feature of Sam Taylor-Wood, tells the never-seen-before story of John Lennon's childhood.

Imagine John Lennon's (Aaron Johnson) childhood. A spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two extraordinary sisters tussle for his love - Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the formidable aunt who raised him from the age of five and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the spirited mother who gave him up to Mimi's care. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into art and the new music flooding in from the US. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney (Thomas Sangster). But just as John's new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film John Lennon biography Liverpool music The Beatles Paul McCartney childhood family guitar singing

Persons of interest

  • Aaron Johnson .... John Lennon
  • Kristin Scott Thomas .... Mimi Smith
  • Thomas Sangster .... Paul McCartney
  • Anne-Marie Duff .... Julia Lennon
  • David Morrissey .... Bobby Dykins
  • Ophelia Lovibond .... Marie Kennedy
  • Sam Bell .... George Harrison
  • Jack McElhone .... Eric Griffiths
  • Calum O'Toole .... Teddy Boy
  • Les Loveday .... Teddy
  • Ellie Jeffreys .... Teddy Girl
  • Christian Bird .... Jimmy Tarbuck
  • Josh Bolt .... Pete Shotton
  • Simon Lowe .... Jim Gretty
  • Daniel Solazzo .... Teddy Boy
  • James Johnson .... Stan Parks
  • Daniel Ross .... Nigel Whalley
  • Christian Bird .... Jimmy Tarbuck
  • Julia Baird .... Author
  • Matt Greenhalgh .... Screenwriter
  • Sam Taylor Wood .... Director

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Theatrical report

It's good. Surprisingly touching. I thought this would be an exploitative film about the only part of John Lennon's life that hasn't yet been on screen but Nowhere boy manages to be a good story about a boy becoming a man, overshadowed by the greatness that is to come, a bit like a crown prince coming of age, only this Hal doesn't become a Henry, he stays a Hal.

Another good part of the story is to witness the "accidents" of history in the coming together of famous people before they were famous. There were many opportunities for the Fab Four to never get past the Quarrymen: John could've wound up in Australia. Paul could've missed the performance. George Harrison might've not had a friend in the band. These are the kind of co-incidences that make you think about fate and destiny.

The Liverpudlian accents aren't overdone, nor is the casting (they went for talent that resembles the person rather than vice versa). There's a strong touch of History boys about the movie that is as charming as the Lennon family struggles are uncomfortable. It's a nice contrast, like Christmas turkey and cranberry sauce.

The John Lennon biography movie Nowhere boy is directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and stars Kristin Scott-Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Aaron Johnson.

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language, mature themes and sex scene)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 December 2009

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