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Lennon Naked

Christopher Eccleston is John Lennon in a drama which charts his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon.

Writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame, covering a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon from 1967-71. When the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein died unexpectedly in 1967 it was a turning point in Lennon's life and the film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.

It also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long-lost father and the events that led Lennon to shed everything both personally and creatively, including calling time on the Beatles. Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship, their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused Lennon to abandon the UK to start a new life in America - a process which ultimately led Lennon to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 31 Dec 2010 00:05

Credits

Role Contributor
John LennonChristopher Eccleston
Freddie LennonChristopher Fairbank
Art JanovAllan Corduner
Paul McCartneyAndrew Scott
Yoko OnoNaoko Mori
Derek TaylorMichael Colgan
Ringo StarrCraig Cheetham
George HarrisonJack Morgan
Cynthia LennonClaudie Blakley
Brian EpsteinRory Kinnear
Pete ShottonAdrian Bower
DotDi Botcher
LilEileen O'Brien
Gloria EmersonDebora Weston
LesDave Legeno
Julian LennonCharlie Coulthard
Cabbie at ScalaRay MacAllan
Cynthia's LawyerJonathan Rigby
Rich Middle-aged WomanAnnabel Leventon
Hospital ConsultantDavid Annen
Apple AccountantPatrick Drury
John's PAHelen Bradbury
Reporter leaving UK PressDylan Charles
Journalist 1Pieter Lawman
Journalist 2Roderick Smith
DirectorEdmund Coulthard
ProducerEdmund Coulthard
ProducerKatherine Lannon
WriterRobert Jones
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