Last night I had the privilege of attending the U.S premiere of Nowhere Boy. Director Sam Taylor-Wood, brings us into the life of John Lennon in his teens during his quest for his mother and a fulfilled family life, all while making music. The story is painful, the shots are beautiful, and the acting was superb. Now that’s a good movie.
Harvey Weinstein first took the stage to introduce the film in honor of Lennon’s legacy as we approach what would have been his 70th birthday. He was then followed by Sam Taylor-Wood and the entire cast of the film, including Aaron Johnson, who played Lennon and also happens to be Wood’s fiancé and baby daddy. I previously wrote about their slightly bizarre relationship here.
Yoko Ono also graced the stage to say she knows John would have loved the film. Lennon’s first band, The Quarrymen took the stage after the film to perform 3 songs. Even without Lennon and Paul McCartney (who did send a letter to be read) and being in their 70s, they rocked.
Also on hand for the Amnesty International affiliated premiere was the lovely Amber Heard, Ethan Hawke, and Courtney Love.