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‘Control’ writer to make John Lennon biopic

A film based on the life of John Lennon has been awarded funding by the UK Film Council.

Entitled ‘Nowhere Boy’, the film will be written by Michael Greenhalgh, who adapted the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis’ wife Debbie Curtis’ autobiography, ‘Touching From A Distance’, for last year’s film ‘Control’.

The Lennon film will cover the story of late Beatle’s childhood in Liverpool, where he was brought up by his aunt Mimi after his mother Julia died in an accident involving a police car, reports the Guardian.

It will be based upon a controversial book, ‘Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon’, by Lennon’s sister, also called Julia, in which she describes how Mimi was intensely jealous of her younger sister.

Greenhalgh, who received an award for special achievement by the director of a debut feature for his work on ‘Control’, told the Guardian he could not resist the lure of a film about Lennon, despite intending to avoid making another music movie so soon after ‘Control’.

He said: “When looking for my next project I was wary of musical protagonists – but when John Lennon was floated, that vanished.

“He is beyond music; above it even. And his early life as told in Julia’s book took me into a world that illuminated so much about this legendary genius. I could see the drama and film immediately. The women in his life, the men who weren’t, the birth of rock n 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?”