Gainsbourg Biopic Out Soon; Sam Taylor-Wood’s Lennon

Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood’s filmic love letter to John Lennon’s youth, has just gone nationwide in the UK. Taylor-Wood is a Turner-prize winning Brit art star (she has a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping in her body of work), and this is her first feature film. The movie is based on a book written by Lennon’s maternal half-sister Julia Baird called Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon, and in a quasi moment of art-imitating-life, the 42-year-old Taylor-Wood is now engaged to the 19-year-old actor who plays the young Lennon in the movie. Meanwhile the Gainsbourg biopic Vie Héroïque comes out later this month in France, so alas the trailer has no subtitles. Still, even non-French speakers can soak up the essence de Serge, or at least enjoy all the Euro-friendly nudity. Frances Gall’s Eric Elmosnino’s resemblance to Gainsbourg is pretty insane, as is Laetitia Casta’s Bardot transformation.

POSTED January 5, 2010 5:13PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS Comments (2) TAGS: ,




  1. What up Fader!

    Glad to see American publications are picking up on the Gainsbourg buzz. I have a subtitled trailer at my fan blog for the film which covers the all the news of it’s release internationally, in addition to a fan page on Facebook where we celebrate the life and music of Serge Gainsbourg in addition to newsbits about the film. The first sneak previews in France are today, so I’m sure the reviews will start coming soon enough. Anyway, thanks for posting about the film and any fans who want to see the subtitled version can see it on the blog at:

    Thanks again,
    Gainsbourg Fan

  2. Melissa says:

    I thought I should mention that France Gall is the name of a female singer played by Sara Forestier in the movie, not the name of the actor who plays Serge which is Eric Elmosnino.