The world premiere of Nowhere Boy, the hotly anticipated debut film from British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, will close The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival.
The film, written by Matt Greenhalgh (Control), tells the story of John Lennon’s childhood. Set in Liverpool in 1955, Lennon is a smart but troubled 15 year old stuck in a clash between his Aunt Mimi and his mother. Trying to escape a family full of secret, he finds rock n’roll and a kindred spirit in a teenage Paul McCartney.
The gorgeous Aaron Johnson stars as Lennon (pictured) with Kristin Scott Thomas playing Aunt Mimi and Anna-Marie Duff as his mother. The cast also features David Morrissey, David Threlfall, Thomas Brodie Sangster who will play the young Paul McCartney, and a complete newcomer, Sam Bell, a 17 year old musician from Winsford in Cheshire, in his first film, takes the role of George Harrison.
Sandra Hebron, the festival’s artistic director, said: We’re delighted to be closing our festival with the first feature by Sam Taylor-Wood, who brings her customary sensitivity and visual flair to this story of the formative years of one of the UK’s cultural icons.”
Taylor-Wood added: “For Nowhere Boy to be chose to close the London Film Festival, in a city I grew up and which continues to inspire me is truly amazing.”
Nowhere Boy will be released through Icon Film Distribution on December 26.