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Lennon childhood film gets grant

John Lennon
Nowhere Boy is based on a book by Lennon's sister Julia Baird

A film about John Lennon's early life is among seven projects to be given lottery-funded development grants by the UK Film Council.

Nowhere Boy, based on a book by his half-sister, is being developed by Matt Greenhalgh who wrote Control, a biopic of Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

It will get 35,500 of 322,000 being awarded to established film-makers.

The Edge of Love director John Maybury's latest film, about US photographer Lee Miller, gets 116,500.

Without this story, we would never have heard The Beatles - can you imagine that?
Matt Greenhalgh

Greenhalgh said Julia Baird's book Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon had taken him "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 and roll, all imposing on a brilliantly complicated adolescent mind."

He added: "Without this story, we would never have heard The Beatles - can you imagine that?"

BBC partnership

Tamara Drewe, a film adaptation of the Posy Simmonds novel about a woman who brings chaos to a countryside writer's retreat, will receive 48,375.

That project and Half of a Yellow Sun, which will receive 39,375, are both being funded in partnership with BBC Films.

Playwright Biyi Bandele will adapt Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel.

Without new ideas and the money, time and space to develop them and take risks you can't create a healthy film culture
Tanya Seghatchian
UK Film Council

Hyde Park on Hudson, an account of a 1939 visit to the US by King George VI being developed by Notting Hill director Roger Michell, will get 47,540.

Development fund head Tanya Seghatchian said all the film-makers had already "made their mark" in the UK.

"For UK film-makers, development support can be critical at this early stage and, without new ideas and the money, time and space to develop them and take risks, you can't create a healthy film culture," she added.

"Our objective is to make the development fund a home for talent and, by extension, the UK a place where the most talented film-makers want to come and make films."

Promised Land, which will receive 25,000, is the new project of The Road to Guantanamo director Michael Winterbottom.

Documentary The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Zizek's follow-up to their guide to film-making - The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.

Their project has been awarded 10,000.

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