BIOPIC Saturday NOWHERE BOY
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.