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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2008, 06:49:54 PM »

Oh Geez, I can't believe that actually exists!
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2008, 01:20:37 AM »

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New film explodes Lennon myths
Beatle's 'missing' mother actually lived round the corner ... and taught him George Formby songs on the Ukelele
By Brian Pendreigh

JOHN LENNON owed his interest in music not to early American rock and rollers, as popularly believed, but to British music-hall entertainer George Formby and to his mum, according to a new feature film that will shoot next spring.

The wayward Beatle is the latest in a series of British national icons to come under the microscope of Douglas Rae, the Scottish producer whose screen career began in the 1970s presenting the children's programme Magpie.

He had a big hit with Mrs Brown (1997), which looked at the relationship between Queen Victoria and Highland ghillie John Brown. He tackled Jane Austen's love life in Becoming Jane (2007) and he has even had the audacity to remake Brideshead Revisited as a two-hour film, opening in British cinemas next month.
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"The John Lennon story has never been told before on film and it's going to be quite a controversial movie," said Rae, whose company Ecosse Films, also made the long-running TV series Monarch Of The Glen.

It is widely known that Lennon was brought up by his Aunt Mimi. It is generally believed he was abandoned by his mother and that her absence throughout his childhood and her early death traumatised him and inspired the Beatles ballad Julia and the later solo recording, Mother.

But in Rae's film, entitled Nowhere Boy - after one of the Beatles' most famous songs, Nowhere Man - Lennon discovers on his 15th birthday that his mother is living round the corner. He visits her in secret and she teaches him how to play the ukulele and then guitar.

They practise with songs from the repertoire of George Formby, the Wigan-born singer, musician and comedian, who enjoyed a successful career in music hall and films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Formby popularised the song When I'm Cleaning Windows, but his simple-minded songs, squeaky singing voice and juvenile sense of humour have few followers today. Glasgow skiffle star Lonnie Donegan was another favourite with the teenage Lennon and his mum.

"A 15-year-old John Lennon sitting down in the front room with his mother teaching him to play the ukulele and singing George Formby - that was the forerunner of John Lennon the Beatle," said Rae. "And that's quite an interesting story to tell."

Rae insists the film will be the true account of Lennon's formative years. "We have got sources who will confirm everything," said the Edinburgh-born producer.

"We researched the John Lennon story and there was this extraordinary revelation of rediscovering his mother and her nurturing his talents as his first kind of musical mentor."

One key source for Nowhere Boy was Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister, who wrote a book called Imagine This. She claimed Aunt Mimi more or less took Lennon way from his mother, because the family disapproved of her lifestyle, "living in sin" with another man in the absence of Lennon's seaman father.

"There are lots of people who were at school with him that we're talking to as well, who remember those days very clearly," said Rae.

He said Lennon had not seen his mother since he was five when a schoolfriend told him she was living round the corner. "He starts a kind of relationship with his mother that he keeps quiet from the aunt.

"Because Lennon met her again and rediscovered her, it allowed that communication between them in a way that we wouldn't have had with the normal angst-ridden teenager, who would be rejecting his mother around 15.

"It's that extraordinary circumstance that allows her to pass on her enthusiasm for entertainment and musicianship."

The relationship, however, lasted only a couple of years. Julia Lennon was killed crossing the road when Lennon was 17.

Pete Nash, of the British Beatles Fan Club, said the relationship between Lennon and his mother has been the subject of discussion and conjecture and there was certainly potential for controversy.

"There was a very strange relationship between John and his mother, which is alluded to in Lennon's diaries," he said.

The film is causing great excitement in the industry, with Kate Winslet and Emily Watson touted as Julia and Mimi. The role of Lennon himself is likely to go to an unknown.

It will be directed by video artist Sam Taylor-Wood and is scripted by Matt Greenhalgh, who wrote Control, the biopic about ill-fated Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Lennon had family in Scotland and as a boy went on holiday to Edinburgh and to the village of Durness in Sutherland, though the film will shoot entirely in Liverpool.

Asked if Lennon would have become a star and the Beatles the greatest pop phenomenon of the 1960s without the contribution of Julia Lennon, Douglas Rae responded: "Who can say."

In contrast to Julia, Mimi tried her best to discourage Lennon's interest in music. "The guitar's all very well, John," she told him, "but you'll never make a living out of it."

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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2008, 01:58:52 PM »

Thanks for posting!

Can anyone clarify the statement that John visited Julia behind Mimi's back? Is this an assumed 'fact' or has it some basis? Just aroused my curiosity.
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2008, 03:41:39 PM »

^ I think I read somewhere that he used to go stay with Julia after having fights with Mimi, but that's only a vague recollection, and who knows where the writer got it from, assuming that I'm even remembering it correctly.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2009, 12:53:56 AM »

John Lennon film is tribute to mum

by Tina Miles, Liverpool Echo

Jan 20 2009

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-entertainment/the-beatles/the-beatles-news/2009/01/20/john-lennon-film-is-tribute-to-mum-100252-22731645/

A BIG name Merseyside-born star could play a role in a new movie about John Lennon
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2009, 12:57:16 AM »

Nowhere Boy is the worst f*king name ever. WTF kind of name for a movie is that.
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2009, 04:49:34 AM »

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Nowhere Boy is the worst f*king name ever. WTF kind of name for a movie is that.

I agree. It has suggestions of an autism documentary, or maybe the title of some g*y porn movie.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2009, 11:14:58 PM »

For Folk liviving in Liverpool

Open auditions will be held for extras for Nowhere Boy. Producers are searching for men and women of all ages, particularly 16-year-olds to early 20s.

Casting will take place between 9am and 5.30pm on Saturday, February 21 at The Black-E, Great George Street, Liverpool.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #28 on: October 01, 2009, 01:48:56 AM »

The movie supposedly is about John in his teenage years, and showed his relationship with his Aunt Mimi, and his mother, Julia. A kid also plays Paul, and I'm not sure if there'll be a Cynthia yet.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2009, 02:12:04 AM »

Wonder if this will be a limited or nationwide release.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #30 on: October 01, 2009, 05:06:07 AM »

Wonder if this will be a limited or nationwide release.

I hope nationwide! I doubt it though...
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2009, 07:12:58 AM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowhere_Boy

I think it'll be nationwide  :)
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2009, 02:47:11 PM »

AWESOME!  ;D

Thanks for the info Paul!
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2009, 03:36:35 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowhere_Boy

I think it'll be nationwide  :)


On IMDB they only have release dates for UK, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Norway
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #34 on: October 01, 2009, 05:27:08 PM »

Could be interesting... but the cast don't look right for it as far as I can see. :P

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« Reply #35 on: October 19, 2009, 04:22:19 AM »

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/40244280.html



John Lennon (played by Aaron Johnson) is an ordinary 15 year old boy on the streets of Liverpool. Funny, smart, naughty, a real edge to him. But life is not simple for John - he grew up in a family of secrets and was raised by his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) from the age of five. When he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) they form an unbreakable bond. A bitter war rages between the two sisters for John's love. Faced with bringing it to an end, he learns the secret heartbreak of his past. But his mother gives him one great gift - music. A wayward boy finds his voice, and walks into The Beatles.


"Cut" orders director Sam Taylor-Wood, and Aaron Johnson's shoulders sag a little. The actor, (who plays Lennon), is only 19, and mainly famous to legions of love-struck teenage girls for his role in last year's hit Irish comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (the screaming girls are something he has in common with Lennon, at least.) The success or failure of this film, Nowhere Boy , is essentially his burden. When he took the part, he couldn't sing or play guitar; he is from a town near London called High Wycombe, which is a very long way, economically and by train, from Liverpool.

Johnson, with lanky body and angular face, has the look of a young Lennon.

The chip on the shoulder and ugly glasses from the National Health Service, both so central to the myth, are present but concealed (the teenaged Lennon loathed wearing his glasses). A makeup woman comes over to adjust his architecturally-impressive hair, known as a duck's ass to North American proto-rockers and a duck's arse to the skiffle-mad boys of Lennon's childhood who imported the rockabilly influenced sound.

"Aaron's going to be a star," says Nowhere Boy 's producer, Kevin Loader, watching from the side of the set, echoing producers' pronouncements since the first clapboard clapped shut. It is, to say the least, a challenging role. Loader says, "He's playing someone we all think we know everything about. He's got to have a confidence and sense of destiny, but he's also a mixed-up teenager whose family is throwing him all over the place. Aaron's got an emotional understanding, for his age, that's just mind-blowing. And he does stillness very well."

At first, the thing Johnson didn't do very well was sing. "We knew we had to get the best actor," says Loader. "The rest could be learned."







This movie looks awful but you know I'm going to see it anyway. At least the actor is hot.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2009, 01:12:26 PM »

This movie looks awful but you know I'm going to see it anyway. At least the actor is hot.
It doesn't look to promising I'm afraid. Paul didn't seem to like it either, so that's not good.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #37 on: October 19, 2009, 02:30:02 PM »

It doesn't look to promising I'm afraid. Paul didn't seem to like it either, so that's not good.

The guy who did the screenplay also wrote Control, the Ian Curtis  (Joy Division) movie, which was very well recieved and nominated for heaps of awards. The studio also seems well regarded.
Although it's her first movie, the director is very "art house" and has been nominated for BAFTA's (British oscars) for a short movie (a rock based romance.) She's also a very well respected conceptual artist.*
It might be okay. Interesting to see how much myth will creep in.

*sudden horror thought - I hope she's not connected with Yoko.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2009, 03:35:49 PM »

Well, the hipsters are going to love it, I can already tell that.
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Re: Nowhere Boy
« Reply #39 on: October 19, 2009, 06:11:26 PM »

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/40244280.html



John Lennon (played by Aaron Johnson) is an ordinary 15 year old boy on the streets of Liverpool. Funny, smart, naughty, a real edge to him. But life is not simple for John - he grew up in a family of secrets and was raised by his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) from the age of five. When he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) they form an unbreakable bond. A bitter war rages between the two sisters for John's love. Faced with bringing it to an end, he learns the secret heartbreak of his past. But his mother gives him one great gift - music. A wayward boy finds his voice, and walks into The Beatles.


"Cut" orders director Sam Taylor-Wood, and Aaron Johnson's shoulders sag a little. The actor, (who plays Lennon), is only 19, and mainly famous to legions of love-struck teenage girls for his role in last year's hit Irish comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (the screaming girls are something he has in common with Lennon, at least.) The success or failure of this film, Nowhere Boy , is essentially his burden. When he took the part, he couldn't sing or play guitar; he is from a town near London called High Wycombe, which is a very long way, economically and by train, from Liverpool.

Johnson, with lanky body and angular face, has the look of a young Lennon.

The chip on the shoulder and ugly glasses from the National Health Service, both so central to the myth, are present but concealed (the teenaged Lennon loathed wearing his glasses). A makeup woman comes over to adjust his architecturally-impressive hair, known as a duck's ass to North American proto-rockers and a duck's arse to the skiffle-mad boys of Lennon's childhood who imported the rockabilly influenced sound.

"Aaron's going to be a star," says Nowhere Boy 's producer, Kevin Loader, watching from the side of the set, echoing producers' pronouncements since the first clapboard clapped shut. It is, to say the least, a challenging role. Loader says, "He's playing someone we all think we know everything about. He's got to have a confidence and sense of destiny, but he's also a mixed-up teenager whose family is throwing him all over the place. Aaron's got an emotional understanding, for his age, that's just mind-blowing. And he does stillness very well."

At first, the thing Johnson didn't do very well was sing. "We knew we had to get the best actor," says Loader. "The rest could be learned."







This movie looks awful but you know I'm going to see it anyway. At least the actor is hot.



The artistry looks more like Ralph Steadman than John Lennon, and John looks more like Stu or Buddy Holly than John. But besides that, it looks good!
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