Venue: St. James’ Church
Date: Saturday 16th March
Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen and a story that’s never been heard. In 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles made a film – a dreamlike story of a coach daytrip, a magical mystery tour. It was seen by a third of the nation, at 8.35pm on BBC1 on Boxing Day – an expectant public, hoping for some light entertainment for a family audience. Magical Mystery Tour was greeted with outrage and derision by middle England and the establishment media. “How dare they?”, they cried – “They’re not film directors, who do they think they are?” they howled. Where were the four lovable moptops of Help! and A Hard Day’s Night? What propelled The Beatles to make this surreal, startling and – at the time – utterly misunderstood film? Contributors include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Peter Fonda, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Paul Merton and Neil Innes.
Executive Producer for BBC Arena ANTHONY WALL, Producer JONATHAN CLYDE, Filmed and Directed by FRANCIS HANLY
Associate Producer, ROSEMARY TRATT, Line Producer MARTIN R SMITH, Archive Producer ANDREW WRIGHT, Film Editor MARTIN COOPER, Executive Producer for Apple JEFF JONES,
A BBC Arena/Apple Films Limited co-production
Followed by Q&A with Jonathan Clyde & Anthony Wall
Chair Michael Ryan