Nowhere Boy

As A Boy All John Lennon Needed Was Love
As A Boy All John Lennon Needed Was Love


D: Sam Taylor-Wood

Icon/Erosse/Film4/Hanway/UK Film Council (Robert Bernstein & Douglas Rae)

UKย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย 2009

97 mins


W: Matt Greenhalgh [based on the book "Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon" by Julia Baird]

DP: Seamus McGarvey

Ed: Lisa Gunning

Mus: Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory

Aaron (Taylor-)Johnson (John Lennon), Kristin Scott-Thomas (Mimi Smith), Anne-Marie Duff (Julia), Thomas Brodie Sangster (Paul McCartney), Sam Bell (George Harrison), David Threlfall (George Toogood Smith)

Nowhere Boy is a biopic of John Lennon in his rebellious teenage years, but rather than the story's focus being on the formation of The Beatles, it looks at the straining relationships between Lennon and strict, bookish aunt who has been his guardian from a young age and his free-spirited, Bohemian mother who encourages his passion for music.

Based on a biography by one of Lennon's half-sisters, it shows a side of Lennon's history that many people wouldn't be aware of, whilst also having enough about it to satisfy ardent Beatlemaniacs.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is excellent in the lead, but the two best performances belong to both Anne-Marie Duff and Kristin Scott-Thomas as the two sisters warring over what they believe is best for him.

A very worthwhile watch, especially for fans of the singer and/or the band.


Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy
Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy