15 certificateNowhere Boy is a Film programme that first aired in 2009 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Nowhere Boy is a 4 star programme

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Nowhere Boy (2009)

Directed by
Sam Taylor Wood

British artist Sam Taylor-Wood makes her feature directorial debut with this Film4-funded exploration of John Lennon's early life.

The biopic opens in 50s Liverpool, with the teenage Lennon living with his aunt Mimi and uncle George, who have brought him up in lower-middle-class security since his mother effectively abandoned him at the age of four. However, the kind-but-strict couple's efforts to give him a respectable start in life are fated to unravel. When George suddenly dies, Lennon discovers that his real mother, Julia, lives close by with her husband and kids.

Julia, closer to John's age than aunt Mimi and very different in character, introduces her estranged son to the nascent delights of rock 'n' roll and buys him his first guitar, setting him on a path to musical legend via the formation of the Quarrymen.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2009

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Canada

Filmed in Colour


Image for Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson...John Lennon
Image for Kristin Scott ThomasKristin Scott Thomas...Mimi Smith
Image for David ThrelfallDavid Threlfall...Uncle George
Josh Bolt...Pete Shotton
Image for Ophelia LovibondOphelia Lovibond...Marie Kennedy
Kerrie Hayes...Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh...Schoolmistress
Paul Ritter...Pobjoy
Richard Syms...Reverend
Image for Anne-Marie DuffAnne-Marie Duff...Julia Lennon
James Johnson...Stan Parks
Angelica Jopling...Julia - Aged 8
Image for David MorrisseyDavid Morrissey...Bobby Dykins
Richard Tate...Teacher
Image for Chris CoghillChris Coghill...Cunard Yank