THE BEATLES: MADE ON MERSEYSIDE” —From Merseyside to Liverpool to the World

 

“THE BEATLES: MADE ON MERSEYSIDE”

From Merseyside to Liverpool to the World

Amos Lassen

 The Beatles defined music and popular culture like no other band and there has been a great deal written about them but how many of us really know how exactly they make the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars in the ’60s? “The Beatles: Made on Mersyside” is a documentary that features unique and revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles. We learn the real story of Fab Four’s ascent from Liverpool and Hamburg to the pinnacle of rock success.

The film recounts how American rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues pulled post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound and then goes into the young history of the Fab Four, their early band iterations and why it took so long for them to break through. From school bands, to colleges, Hamburg to The Cavern Club, The Beatles moved from skiffle to rock ‘n’ roll before creating their own unique sound that took the world by storm.

With newly filmed contributions from the “fifth Beatle” Pete Best, Quarrymen Colin Hanton and Len Garry, Brian Epstein’s business associate Joe Flannery, The Beatles first ever secretary Freda Kelly, original Mersey Beat magazine owner Bill Harry, and flat mates of John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, this documentary looks at the original music and the energy and excitement that led to the explosion of Beatlemania and one of the most influential bands in history.

Was Pete Best’s sacking from the band and Ringo’s replacement the final part of the jigsaw or were there other factors? The focus here is on the Beatles from their formation to their first record with George Martin. Nearly all of it is just made up of reminisces of people who knew them at that period in their lives – in Liverpool and Hamburg. These include two men who were part of The Quarrymen – Lennon’s first band, Pete Best, a member of The Searchers, an assistant to Brian Epstein and so on.

You’d think by now every aspect of The Beatles story had been covered and you’d be right. This is a fun  documentary that told you everything you already knew. Kept watchable by those people who knew The Beatles pre-fame. Len Garry and Colin Hanton don’t remember their time in the Quarry Men as being at the birth of a pop culture phenomenon. They remember it as a part of their youth when they were just messing around with mates. Pete Best, The Beatles original drummer who was sacked just as the big time beckoned, has every right to be bitter and resentful. If he is he hides it very well indeed. He always seems to recall his time in The Beatles and his one-time band mates with nothing but warmth and affection.

 Omnibus Entertainment is the genre imprint for Film Movement, founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club. Now, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has  released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide. Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

 

 

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