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SBS ONE, 9.30pm, M ( 2009)

It takes a cer­tain brav­ery and guts to take on a biopic about a sem­i­nal mu­si­cian, but Sam Tay­lor- John­son ( soon to make her mark with the film adap­ta­tion of Fifty Shades of Grey) hasn’t dis­ap­pointed here. Bea­tles fans are bound to have a lump in their throat as Aaron John­son ( Kick- Ass), a star in the mak­ing, por­trays the tu­mul­tuous up­bring­ing of John Len­non. Star­ring Anne- Marie Duff as John’s trou­bled mother Ju­lia, and Kristin Scott Thomas as his stoic aunt Mimi, Nowhere Boy is a mov­ing ac­count of hard­ship and loss and is bal­anced by ex­hil­a­rat­ing in­sights into Len­non’s fledg­ling mu­si­cal ge­nius.

Hits right note: Aaron John­son plays a young John Len­non.

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