Post by yerblues1968 on Dec 13, 2009 20:06:39 GMT -5
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TO PLAY JOHN LENNON IN BBC4 DRAMA
guardian.co.uk Tara Conlan
Friday 27 November 2009 11.47 GMT
Lennon Naked, a 90-minute one-off film, looks at Beatle's life from 1967 to 1971, with Christopher Eccleston in starring role
The former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston is to play John Lennon in a new BBC4 drama.
Called Lennon Naked, the one-off 90-minute film covers Lennon's life from 1967 to 1971.
It features the effect on Lennon of the death of the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, and the impact of re-establishing contact with his long lost father Freddie.
Lennon Naked also covers the break-up of his marriage to Cynthia Lennon and meeting Yoko Ono.
Rory Kinnear plays Brian Epstein Photo by CindyCelebs/Ace Photos.
Ono is played by Naoko Mori, of Torchwood and Absolutely Fabulous, and Epstein by Rory Kinnear.
Other cast members includethe Cranford actor Claudie Blakley as Cynthia Lennon and Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.
The BBC's controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, said: "Securing Christopher Eccleston to play John Lennon is further testament to the calibre of drama on BBC4. The Women We Loved season currently on air is attracting record audiences and the channel is steadily building a reputation for portraying some of this country's best-loved icons."
Richard Klein, controller of BBC4, said : "BBC4 is the place where dramas look to explore that space between artists' public works and private lives, shedding light on the artistic process while offering intelligent entertainment."
Lennon Naked was written by Robert Jones, the co-creator of Party Animals. It is currently being filmed in London by the independent producer Blast! Films and will air next year.
The director and co-producer is Edmund Coulthard, whose credits include Soundproof; Katherine Lannon, who worked on BBC4's The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton, is co-producer.
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Post by yerblues1968 on Feb 7, 2010 17:05:02 GMT -5
First photo released by the BBC of Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon in Lennon Naked.
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON IN LENNON NAKED
Posted by Nebula One Monday, January 18, 2010
Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston is to return to our screens this year in a 90 minute drama focusing on musician and campaigner John Lennon, who died in 1980 after being murdered by Mark Chapman. The one-off biopic, Lennon Naked, will air on BBC Four and will co-star Torchwood's Naoko Mori as Yoko Ono.
Lennon Naked charts his transition from 'Beatle John' to enduring and enigmatic icon. It covers a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes from 1967-71; a time of worldwide adulation at one extreme, a combination of frustration and despair at the other.
When The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein died unexpectedly in 1967, it was a turning point in John Lennon's life. The film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.
Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship. Together they experimented with both the musical and artistic avant garde but in doing so become outsiders.
The programme will be part of the BBC’s new spring drama season.
Post by yerblues1968 on Apr 24, 2010 20:17:44 GMT -5
Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon
MORE LENNON NAKED DETAILS
popculturezoo.com By Joseph Dilworth Jr.
Published March 25, 2010
Finally the BBC have released a little more info on their upcoming drama Lennon Naked. Christopher Eccleston plays John Lennon in a single film charting his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon. Spanning a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon between 1967 and 1971, writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame. The unexpected death of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein in 1967 marked a turning point in Lennon’s life. This film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.
Made in high definition, Lennon Naked also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long lost father, and the events that led John to shed everything both personally and creatively, including calling time on The Beatles. Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship, their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused Lennon to abandon the UK to start a new life in America, a process which ultimately inspired him to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career.
Written by Robert Jones and directed by Edmund Coulthard, the cast includes Christopher Fairbank, Naoko Mori, Claudie Blakley, Rory Kinnear, Allan Corduner, Michael Colgan and Andrew Scott.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 21, 2010 23:59:26 GMT -5
Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon
A 90-MINUTE DOCU-DRAMA CALLED LENNON NAKED, STARRING CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, WILL AIR JUNE 23RD ON BBC4 AT 9:30
John Lennon Examiner Shelley Germeaux
June 17, 5:01 PM
Writer Robert Jones and director/producer Edmund Coulthard described in an interview yesterday how they decided to research for this drama about John Lennon's solo years—instead of going to the most intimate sources, such as Yoko, Paul McCartney, the way most writers try to do, they stepped back and let their fingers do the walking through the vast resources on the internet. The idea is that the resulting gut-feel would be more accurate than relying on people closest to John, who would have their own subjective opinions from their personal corner of John's world.
In particular, they were drawn most to the raw emotion John exuded in the Rolling Stone interview in 1971 with Jann Wenner. In that interview, John exposed angers and resentments he felt in the moment, something that came to the surface after Primal Scream Therapy. (He later admitted to girlfriend May Pang that he was just getting things off his chest in that interview and he did not continue to harbor those grudges.)
Coulthard said, "Robert (Jones) and I spent over two years researching the story of John Lennon and developing the script...There is a huge amount available in the public arena -- you can spend a long time just watching interviews on You Tube...It's a drama which dares to reach inside Lennon's mind during a very turbulent period in his life."
Jones continued, "All the research I did was from my desk...I decided early on that opinions amongst those closest to John seemed to differ so widely on the salient points of his life that I wouldn't base 'my' Lennon on any one version. Because of this, I didn't set out to interview Yoko (Ono) or Paul (McCartney) or Cynthia (Lennon) or Ringo (Starr), etc. I soaked up everything I could on the man, let the material settle in my mind and then went with my instincts."
"Lennon is fascinating," Jones continues. "He divides opinion but one way or another people feel strongly about him... And Lennon, marginally more than McCartney, I'd say was the driving force behind them (The Beatles). His contribution is hard to ignore.
"I'm a lifelong fan of Lennon," continues Coulthard. "But what really inspired this idea is listening to tapes of that interview to Rolling Stone magazine, soon after Lennon had arrived to live in America. Lennon decided to completely open up for the first time -- and reveal the truth about how he felt about everyone -- and tell the story of what really happened during the time he met Yoko and The Beatles started to break up. This was clearly a time when he struggled to reinvent himself as a solo artist -- and once I started talking to Robert, it began to feel like the basis for a film."
Jones continued: "I hope the audience will take away the idea of a complex man who didn't always do the right thing but who confronted with dignity, humanity and integrity an existence the like of which would have been unimaginable before he set out and lived it."
Award-winning actor Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who) revealed why taking on the role of one of Britain's enduring and enigmatic icons was difficult to refuse.
"I'd been watching and reading about John Lennon avidly for over 20 years or more. I'm absolutely fascinated by him -- he seems to have been kind, brutal, funny, arrogant, insecure, passionate and brilliant, in short -- human.
"I wanted to play Lennon because of Robert Jones's script. He captured Lennon's character and the world in which he lived with imagination and great originality. I had three weeks from accepting the role to prepare, so I read, watched and listened to everything I could get my hands on," says the 46-year-old actor, who starred in the relaunch of Doctor Who in 2005.
"I re-read the Philip Norman biography and watched many documentaries and videos, but the chief source was the interview John gave to Jann Wenner, for Rolling Stone magazine," explains the star of critically-acclaimed dramas The Second Coming, Flesh And Blood and Hillsborough.
The Salford-born actor, who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, also sought help with perfecting Lennon's accent. "I had a brilliant dialect coach in Jill McCullough. John had a very distinctive voice, accent and physicality."
The 90-min film which includes the famous bed protest also features the iconic Two Virgins cover in which an unabashed John and Yoko bare all for the cameras. But for Chris and his co-star Naoko Mori this was more of a challenge.
"Nudity -- that's the hard stuff to do, but you just have to get on with it," says Chris.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 28, 2010 0:56:35 GMT -5
LENNON NAKED STARRING CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON - REVIEW AND COMMENTARY
John Lennon Examiner Shelley Germeaux
June 24, 10:24 PM
June 24, 2010 -Lennon Naked starring Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon, was shown in the U.K last night on BBC4 as a TV special. It comes on the heels of another Lennon docu-drama, Sam Taylor-Wood's film called Nowhere Boy. It couldn’t have been timed better, as Lennon Naked picks up just about where Nowhere Boy, (which just made the rounds at the International Film Festivals in the U.S.), leaves off.
Lennon Naked begins at the very peak of Beatlemania in 1964. It begins with Lennon teasing manager Brian Epstein over his homosexuality, revealing the acid wit that Lennon was reputed to have, as Brian patiently tolerates the ribbing. He is being taken to a hotel room to meet his long lost father, Freddie Lennon, (Christopher Fairbank) whom he has not seen since that awful day in Blackpool when he was just five years old.
It’s interesting that while Nowhere Boy focuses on the renewed connection with his mother Julia, until her tragic death in 1958, Lennon Naked deals with his reunion with his father. In my opinion, these two elements of John’s life, the reunions with both biological parents, are important keys to his soul; if we can understand the pain he suffered a little more deeply, experience those events a little, through his eyes, we can understand the heart of John Lennon just a little more. Lennon Naked certainly delivers on that front, and a box of kleenex is recommended.
Interspersed with actual film footage of the Beatles at that time, which is a brilliant effect adding realism to the movie, we are fast-forwarded through the Beatles’ musical and spiritual changes via press conferences—the Magical Mystery Tour movie which flopped in the U.K., the ill-fated trip to India to stay with the Maharishi, the White Album, with Derek Taylor thinking the fans are going to see that it’s not really a “Beatles” album because there’s no cohesiveness, the beginning of Apple, until finally John meets Yoko Ono (Naoko Mori).
Actress Naoko Mori portrays Yoko Ono
He receives a mysterious note from Yoko that says Breathe and he is entranced. Then he sees her through the Indica Gallery window, and is transfixed. At that point everything slows down, and now every torturous and joyous moment that John went through after that is experienced almost in real time.
Screenjabber's Stuart O'Connor chats with Lennon Naked star Naoko Mori - about Absolutley Fabulous, Torchwood and playing Yoko Ono in Lennon Naked film. Part 1 of 2. (9:20 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCdYXiCm9Qw
Screenjabber's Stuart O'Connor continues his chat with Lennon Naked star Naoko Mori about The Beatles, and the terror of getting naked for art. Part 2 of 2. (10:11 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWb1UKIUu2k
Throughout the movie there are points of ominous, blurry flashbacks--like grainy dreams, of John at age 5 as his father is walking away from him in Blackpool. As in Nowhere Boy, these flashbacks bring painful confusion to John’s face.
Eccleston and Mori are both brilliant as Lennon and Yoko and quite believable, however Eccleston is not as handsome as the real John, and quite a bit older, while Naoko Mori is more feminine and prettier than her subject. They both espouse their characters so well, however, that these issues don't matter. They capture the spirits of John and Yoko very well. The other Beatles actors as well as Cynthia Lennon are also impressive and quite clever.
The events as they transpire in the movie present a view of Lennon that most people will not recognize. These are Lennon’s darkest moments, brought to life on film in an emotional way that is tough to watch. This is a side of John that is deeply disturbing, either due to his drug use, which was quite heavy at that time, his efforts at healing his emotions through Primal Scream Therapy, or tragic events like Brian Epstein's death, his divorce, Yoko’s miscarriages and the Beatles break-up--announced by Paul instead of him.
All in all, the viewer must be prepared for the hidden side of John that was struggling with addiction, looking for freedom from the Beatles and his marriage, and trying to comprehend his insecurities and deeply rooted issues of abandonment by both his father and mother. For example, Patricia Rees, Lennon fan from the U.K, wrote to say this: “The BBC showed Lennon Naked last night... I really didn't like it. It was the same thing as quoting something completely out of context, with little bits of John stuck together to fit - goodness knows what, the film title? They stripped away so much he was not recognisable.”
This is a John Lennon who is screaming "What about me?" throughout the film, either by his actions or words. Most painfully, we see history tragically repeating itself as Julian becomes the newest victim of paternal Lennon abandonment when John divorces Cynthia. John throughout the movie is tough, unkind, seemingly uncaring and cold, and through it all, extremely quick-witted, rendering most of his victims speechless--except to Yoko, to whom he is extremely nurturing.
The famous Two Virgins shots of John and Yoko are re-enacted in their entirety, in the buff, without so much as a blur (or even brown paper bag) over the private parts. The message here is, this is just as Lennon would have had it—real and human. Take it or leave it. (Everybody’s got one.)
Lennon Naked lives up to it’s name. This is the deepest pain of Lennon’s psyche. 1968 – 1970 were incredibly dark, emotional times for John, thrown against the backdrop of his brightest joy—falling in love with Yoko Ono.
Post by yerblues1968 on Aug 8, 2010 21:36:14 GMT -5
Abbey Road Outtake of John Lennon
IGNmovies by David McCutcheon
August 4, 2010
Story of John Lennon's evolution detailed.
Lennon lives on.
The BBC production of Lennon Naked, an inside look at seven years in the life of Beatles co-frontman, John Lennon, will arrive on DVD just two days after TV premiere on PBS's Masterpiece Contemporary. Warner Home Video and the BBC will be getting together for United States distribution on the title, due to arrive on November 23, 2010 for the MSRP of $19.98.
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Heroes) stars as the one and only John Lennon, member of the Fab Four and devote peace activist, during a seven year span. The story covers the years 1964-1971, from the death of father-figure and manager Brian Epstein, his break-up with first wife Cynthia and his fascinating love affair with Yoko Ono, through to his spiraling drug use and decision to leave England for New York.
In terms of details on the release, everything is looking pretty bare at the moment. The DVD has not really been fleshed out at this point, with no word at this time regarding special features or box art. We're guessing Warner Home Video and the BBC will include some sort of extras to tide Beatles fans over.