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Directed by: Sam Taylor Wood

Produced: 2009

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 15

Studio: Icon

Length: 97 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 10 May 2010

Cat No: ICON10200

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Languages(s): English
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Nowhere Boy

Cast: David Morrissey , Anne-Marie Duff , Aaron Johnson , Kristin Scott Thomas , Simon Lowe , Ophelia Lovibond , Thomas Sangster , Josh Bolt , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Thomas Brodie-Sangster , Les Loveday , Sam Bell , Ellie Jeffreys

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Sam Taylor Wood’s directorial debut is a chronicle of John Lennon’s teenage years. Set in 1950s Liverpool, the film tells the story of the spirited but troubled fifteen-year-old Lennon (Aaron Johnson), who finds himself caught in the crossfire between his formidable Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff). When John meets fellow musician and kindred spirit Paul McCartney (Thomas Sangster), his creative genius at last finds an outlet and the most famous partnership in music is born. But just as John’s new life begins, a dark truth from his past leads to a tragedy he will never escape.

No mere Beatles cash-in, but a highly sensitive, attuned piece of storytelling, artist Sam Taylor-Wood’s pre-Fab drama Nowhere Boy casts the teenage John Lennon as the centre point in a tangled true-life love triangle.

This Lennon (newcomer Aaron Johnson) is drifting towards delinquency under the roof of his adoptive Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott-Thomas) when his birth mum Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) reappears. As if this visibly unstable woman wasn’t enough for one ordinary schoolboy to manage, there’s a certain influential skiffle group that also requires assembling.

Aided by Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh’s sharp eye (and ear) for a telling musical backstory, Taylor- Wood here makes a very different form of debut to her BritArt contemporary Steve McQueen’s Hunger, but Nowhere Boy is scarcely less striking in its close attention to detail and mood, and she’s a persuasive director of actors. Johnson skilfully reveals Lennon’s deep-set emotional scarring, Duff is compellingly vulnerable in the dramatic scenes, while the ever-wonderful Scott-Thomas seizes upon a rare light-comic role as the disapproving older sister. Love it do.

The acclaim that greeted Sam Taylor-Wood's take on John Lennon's early life was considerable, and this welcome Blu-ray release is the perfect showcase for an intelligent and unusual film biopic. The focus is on John Lennon's teenage years and his introduction to music, from his tyro band The Quarrymen to his burgeoning relationship with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, the genesis of the Beatles. The stress is on Lennon's uncongenial Liverpool home life, with Aaron Johnson superlative as the young Lennon, and BAFTA nominated Best Supporting Actress performances from Kristin Scott Thomas as Aunt Mimi and Anne Marie Duff as Lennon's unconventional mother Julia. There is a sizable array of bonus features, including “Lennon's Liverpool” and “The Re-creation of the Quarrymen”.

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