Growing up in Liverpool in 1955, and raised by his aunt and late uncle, John is a smart, spirited, but directionless, teen who skips school, steals records, and is told he’s going nowhere. Having brought rock music into the “house of Tchaikovsky,” John widens the rift with Aunt Mimi when he seeks out his estranged mother, to whom he forms an immediate attachment. Full of energy and sexuality, his mother encourages John’s interest in music, inflaming the rivalry with her sister, Mimi. In opening the door to a painful past, John seeks refuge in music—a journey that leads to The Beatles.
British artist Sam Taylor Wood sees this formative period of John Lennon’s life as a way to explore a maturing artistic sensibility. Written by Matt Greenhalgh (Control), and featuring bright newcomer Aaron Johnson and a smattering of the early repertoire, Nowhere Boy avoids biopic nostalgia, focusing instead on an adolescent soul discovering his voice. “Nowhere” proves an important part of the journey. —Sundance Film Festival
Sam Taylor-Wood (born March 4, 1967) is an English filmmaker, photographer and conceptual artist. Her directorial feature film debut was the 2009 Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of The Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon.
Taylor-Wood began exhibiting fine art photography of young fruitful men in the early-1990s. One collaboration with Henry Bond, titled 26 October 1993, featured Bond and Taylor-Wood pastiching the roles of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the manner of the photo-portrait made—by photographer Annie Leibovitz—a few hours before Lennon was assassinated, in 1980. In 1994, she exhibited a multi-screen video work titled Killing Time, in which four people mimed to an opera score. From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Wood’s work. Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996. Taylor-Wood was nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 1997, but… read more
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This film really took me by surprise I thought it would be a simple film about john lennon before he joined the beatles. Which at it’s heart it basically is but it is also much more.
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