If the story of the Beatles was fiction, nobody would believe it. By the time they played their legendary American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show – sending music tremors all over their world – their style, sound and explosive chemistry had already been cemented in their home city of Liverpool.
“The Beatles’ story in total is epic and sprawling…”
That journey is one hell of an origin story, a story that is now being told by heavyweight Hollywood director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) and Ron’s 102 minute Beatles documentary is getting it’s world premiere this month in Liverpool its premiere is happening in Liverpool, on Thursday 15 September 2016, at FACT.
Is there anything new to say about the band that changed the world? Of course there is. To tell the story of the Beatles formative years, Ron and his team of collaborators interviewed the surviving Beatles and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, combed through the archives of the groups company Apple Corps and crowd-sourced new footage of the four lads playing live.
Ron Howard is the right man for the job, referring to himself as ‘the world’s biggest Beatles fan’. Ron believes his film will delight fans, with new footage, insights and a meticulously restored audio, shining new light on the first half of the Beatle’s career. Ron Howard spoke about the idea behind his feature length documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.
“I thought that their idea of focusing on the touring years was really ingenious because the Beatles’ story in total is epic and sprawling. But this has a narrative. As a director, I immediately identified it as sort of an adventure story.
“It felt like it was almost a survival story for these guys. They launched themselves into this, and the world reacted in a way that nobody could have predicted. It created all kinds of challenges for them. The way they navigated those challenges is revealing, moving, and impressive. I had a sense that it was this intense adventure story. I equated it to Apollo 13 or even Das Boot.”
Liverpool’s invitation only premiere will take place at 6.30pm, 30 minutes before it is screened in London’s Leicester Square and will be hosted by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson. Cinema doors will be reopened at 8.45pm as members of the public are being given the opportunity to apply for tickets for an exclusive FREE screening of the film, once again at FACT.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is a huge coup for the city – but where else could the world premiere of a film dedicated to The Beatles take place?
“The Beatles are our most famous sons and their legacy lives on with hundreds of thousands of visitors heading here every year to feel that connection with the Fab Four and spend some time in their hometown where four young lads honed their music skills and went on to become the most famous band in the world.
“Earlier this year a report showed that the heritage of The Beatles brings in £81.9 million to the local economy and supports more than 2,000 jobs, so without a doubt, the impact of this band is still felt in the city today.
“I’m delighted to be hosting the screening of this film. There will be something truly special about the premiere taking place in the city where it all began and I’m sure we’re going to see a huge number of applications from music fans who want to be part of this momentous event.”
This film is said to be next best thing to actually being there. Watch the film’s trailer above and make sure you catch the ground-breaking film at FACT this month. The band you know. The Story you don’t.
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