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NOWHERE BOY

by Sam Taylor-Wood

synopsis

Liverpool 1955, and 15-year-old John Lennon is a teenager hungry for experience. Since the age of five he has been brought up by his Aunt Mimi, who seems to be the epitome of respectability. John is a bit of a rebel though, and when he meets his mother Julia, he forms an instant bond with her. Mimi likes to listen to Tchaikovsky, but Julia prefers Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and after she takes John to see an Elvis film at the local cinema, he's a convert to the world of rock'n'roll. He's bewitched by Julia, and she by him, but their reconnection provokes a great deal of friction between the two women, with John caught in the middle. Yearning for a less troubled life, he escapes into music, starting a band with a group of friends, and finding a kindred spirit when he meets Paul McCartney. Just as he begins his new life, further tragedy strikes, but by then he's found his voice…

international title: Nowhere Boy
original title: Nowhere Boy
country: United Kingdom, Canada
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Sam Taylor-Wood
film run: 98'
release date: UK 25/12/2009, GR 11/02/2010, FI 04/03/2010, NL 01/04/2010, BE 14/04/2010, NO 10/09/2010, IT 03/12/2010, FR 08/12/2010, DE 09/12/2010
screenplay: Matt Greenhalgh
cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Johnson, Thomas Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Bell, Jack McElhone, Ellie Jeffreys, Calum O'Toole, Les Loveday
cinematography by: Seamus McGarvey
film editing: Lisa Gunning
art director: Alice Normington
music: Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory
producer: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae, Paul Ritchie, Matt Delargy
production: Ecosse Films, Film4, Aver Media
backing: UK Film Council
distributor: Icon Film Distribution, Mars Films Distribution, Kinepolis Film Distribution, 01 Distribution, Senator Filmverleih

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