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The Killing of John Lennon - MILES FIELDER - The Herald

15th Aug. 2006, MILES FIELDER - The Herald

Festival Film: The Killing of John Lennon


August 15 2006

This portrait of Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed the former Beatle in December 1980, begins by sketching in Chapman's background – his years living away from the world on Hawaii; his antagonistic relationship with his mother and his domineering one with his wife – in the manner of a conventional biopic.

But this approach, joining the dots between cause and effect, is soon ditched for an altogether more impressionistic style aimed at getting inside the head of a killer. And with a convincing performance by Jonas Ball, the film largely does that.

It's a handsomely assembled film, shot in widescreen with numerous stylistic flourishes, and occasionally reminiscent of Martin Scorsese's mediation of the mind of a killer, Taxi Driver. All of this belies the fact that British film-maker Andrew Piddington filmed The Killing of John Lennon over a three-year period in various locations around the US on a modest and fully self-financed budget.


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