The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival closes on Thursday 29th October with the World Premiere of Nowhere Boy, the highly anticipated debut feature from British artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
Imagine John Lennon's childhood... Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John. Mimi, the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother.
Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into rock n' roll. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney.
Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.
Nowhere Boy is written by Matt Greenhalgh (Control) and stars newcomer Aaron Johnson as John Lennon, Kristin Scott Thomas as Lennon’s Aunt Mimi, and Anne-Marie Duff as his mother Julia.
They are joined by Thomas Brodie Sangster playing the young Paul McCartney and newcomer Sam Bell as George Harrison alongside a strong supporting cast that includes David Morrissey and David Threlfall.
The film was produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae for Ecosse Films and Kevin Loader, with cinematography from Seamus McGarvey.
Nowhere Boy is an Ecosse Films production in association with Film4, the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund, NorthWest Vision and Media, Lip Sync Productions and Aver Media. The script was developed with the support of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund.