Sam Taylor-Wood's background is in visual art. The English artist extends her interest in celebrity as the pinnacle of being watched, observed, revered and judged, to her first feature film. Telling a story of John Lennon is a bold move for a debut director. At and in any age, Lennon exists at monumental scale. This story tells of Lennon (played by Aaron Johnson) going from boy to young man, not an easy passage given his brief, volatile reunion with his real mom (Anne-Marie Duff). Lennon is brought up by Mimi, his aunt played by Kristin Scott Thomas, always spot-on and sexy in a severe way. Johnson and Duff bring a sense of danger, even a sort of romance, to the screen. In a way, this is a fiery, doomed love story.
Monday, January 31, Park Lane, 7pm, $10