John Lennon Film 'Nowhere Boy' - Rel. 12-26-09 UK Jul 19, 2008 17:33:41 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 19, 2008 17:33:41 GMT -5
John Lennon signs an autograph in 1965.
CONTROL WRITER TO MAKE JOHN LENNON BIOPIC
'Nowhere Boy' will be based upon a book by the Beatle's sister.
July 18, 2008
A film based on the life of John Lennon has been awarded funding by the UK Film Council.
Entitled 'Nowhere Boy', the film will be written by Michael Greenhalgh, who adapted the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis' wife Debbie Curtis' autobiography, 'Touching From A Distance', for last year's film 'Control'.
The Lennon film will cover the story of late Beatle's childhood in Liverpool, where he was brought up by his aunt Mimi after his mother Julia died in an accident involving a police car, reports the Guardian.
It will be based upon a controversial book, 'Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon', by Lennon's sister, also called Julia, in which she describes how Mimi was intensely jealous of her younger sister.
Greenhalgh, who received an award for special achievement by the director of a debut feature for his work on 'Control', told the Guardian he could not resist the lure of a film about Lennon, despite intending to avoid making another music movie so soon after 'Control'.
He said: "When looking for my next project I was wary of musical protagonists - but when John Lennon was floated, that vanished.
"He is beyond music; above it even. And his early life as told in Julia's book took me into a world that illuminated so much about this legendary genius. I could see the drama and film immediately. The women in his life, the men who weren't, the birth of rock n roll; all imposing on a brilliantly complicated adolescent mind.
"The nagging questions, the icy secrets, the need for love. John's angst and anger pouring out into his music, his thankful salvation. Without this story we would never have heard The Beatles - can you imagine that?"
John Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird, is pictured next to
John Lennon's statue outside The Cavern Club on Matthew
Street on Beatles Day, July 10, 2008. Photo by Dan Kay.
Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon (import) paperback book may be purchased here:
An unusual perspective, March 30, 2007
By A reader (Seattle)
This review is from: Imagine This (Hardcover)
I found Julia Baird's book on her half-brother, John Lennon, well-written and very enjoyable. I've read dozens of books on John and the Beatles, and hers provided a unique perspective which definitely humanized this "icon" in a way few others have. These days it is hard to find anything but the highly-sanitized, Yoko-centric version of John, but this look into his childhood, adolescence and later years has a ring of truth to it. He lived more than half of his life before Yoko, and this book reminds us of that.