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Nowhere Boy Details


The true story of John Lennon's troubled childhood and difficult relationship with his family is brought to the screen in this period drama. Young John (Alex Ambrose) is a bright but sharp-tongued boy living in the coastal town of Liverpool during the 1950s with his aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and uncle George (David Threlfall). John's father walked out on the family when he was four years old, and the boy was given to Mimi to raise, even though his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), was still alive. While Mimi's straight-laced nature runs counter to John's more reckless personality, they clearly love one another and the household is thrown into chaos when George dies suddenly. At the funeral, teenage John (now played by Aaron Johnson) sees Julia, and learns to his surprise that she lives only a few blocks away from Mimi. John pays her a visit, and Julia gratefully welcomes him back into her life. Julia's personality is a much closer fit to John than Mimi, and she encourages his love for writing and music, teaching him to play the banjo. However, John's renewed relationship with Julia brings up a number of unanswered questions, and causes new tensions between Mimi and John. And as rock & roll becomes the hot new sound of the day, John falls in love with the bold new music and makes a friend who is interested in forming a band, Paul (Thomas Brodie Sangster). The first feature film from artist-turned-director Sam Taylor-Wood, Nowhere Boy was the closing night attraction at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 2010


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anne-Marie Duff Best Supporting Actress 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kristin Scott Thomas Best Supporting Actress 2009 Nominee


Aaron Taylor-Johnson
as John Lennon
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Mimi
Thomas Sangster
as Paul McCartney
Anne-Marie Duff
as Julia
David Morrissey
as Bobby
David Threlfall
as Uncle George
Sam Bell
as George
Ophelia Lovibond
as Marie
Kerrie Hayes
as Marie's Friend
Paul Ritter
as Pobjoy
Richard Syms
as Reverend
James Johnson
as Stan
Richard Tate
as Teacher
Andrew Buchan
as Fishwick
Jack McElhone
as Eric
Daniel Ross
as Nigel
Colin Tierney
as Alf
Christopher Coghill
as Cunard Yank
Baillie Walsh
as Postman
Lizzie Hopley
as Café Waitress
Dan Armour
as Percy Phillips


Sam Taylor-Wood
Kevin Loader
Douglas Rae
Robert Bernstein
Seamus Mcgarvey
Ian Neil
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alison Goldfrapp
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Gunning
Alice Normington
Production Designer
Charmian Adams
Art Director
Paul Ritchie
Mark Woolley
Executive Producer
Jon Diamond
Executive Producer
Christopher Moll
Executive Producer
Tim Haslam
Executive Producer
Julian Day
Costume Designer
Barbara Herman-Skelding
Set Decorator
Alexander Oakley
First Assistant Director
Les Child
Nina Gold
Martin Trevis
Sound Mixer
John Midgley
Sound Mixer
Rhodri Thomas
Co-Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Co-Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Co-Executive Producer
Simon Chase
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeremy Woodhead
Hair Styles
Jeremy Woodhead
Louise Seymour
Post Production Supervisor
Susanna Lenton
Script Supervisor