August 30, 2008
Film to Tell Tale of Lennon’s Origins
By CATHERINE JONES
THE teenage John Lennon will come to the big screen in a new film depicting his troubled upbringing in Liverpool.
Casting for the parts of the boys who became the most famous band in the world is expected to start in the city next month.
The film will tell the story of Lennon as a child, who was abandoned by his mother Julia and raised by his authoritarian Aunt Mimi.
It will also show how Lennon found his escape in music and art, as well as his friendship with Paul McCartney.
Large parts of the movie are expected to be filmed at original locations in and around Liverpool.
Casting for the major roles is under way, according to producers at Ecosse Films, which is developing the project with the UK Film Council.
Director Sam Taylor-Wood said: "The women in John's early life truly shaped who he became, and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film."
The screenplay will be penned by writer Matt Greenhalgh, who was responsible for the acclaimed Joy Division movie Control.
He said: "I could see the drama and film immediately.
"The women in his life, the men who were not, the birth of rock and 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?"
Ms Taylor-Wood, a visual artist, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Her film Love You More was nominated for a short film Palm d'Or at Cannes this year.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Hey Jude, inspired by Lennon's son Julian, hitting the top of the UK charts.
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