Peter Jackson gives FIRST LOOK at upcoming film The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back FIRST LOOK: ‘We’re bl**dy stars, ya know!’ Peter Jackson gives fans a ‘sneaky preview’ of euphoric new film featuring never-before-seen footage of The Fab Four

  • The Beatles: Get Back opens in UK cinemas on August 27, 2021 
  • The film features – for the first time in its entirety – the band’s last live performance as a group 
  • The documentary’s release date was pushed back from this year until next due to the Covid-19 pandemic 

Peter Jackson has given fans a ‘sneaky preview’ of The Beatles: Get Back, the upcoming film, which is set to hit cinemas on August 27, 2021. 

In the first look at the much-anticipated documentary, the late John Lennon jokes: ‘We’re bl**dy stars, ya know!’ while larking about in the studio with surviving members Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, and the late George Harrison. 

The euphoric new film features never-before-seen footage of The Fab Four and the five-minute taster impressively sets the upbeat tone of life behind-the-scenes, and will no doubt increase the excitement surrounding the movie’s upcoming release. 

FIRST LOOK: Peter Jackson has given fans a ‘sneaky preview’ of The Beatles: Get Back, the upcoming film, which is set to hit cinemas on August 27, 2021

The Beatles: Get Back will take audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions and exuberate performances during a pivotal moment in music history, when the band recorded their final 1970 album, Let It Be. 

The film showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome.

Before introducing the five-minute special, Peter Jackson revealed that they are ‘halfway’ through the editing process, explaining: ‘This film was due to be finished around about now but like the rest of the world it has been affected by the Covid pandemic.

‘The only good thing really is that we are editing the movie in New Zealand and now that our country has largely stamped out the virus we were able to come back into the cutting room and carry on with the editing that we are doing. 

Iconic: The euphoric new film features never-before-seen footage of The Fab Four and the five-minute taster impressively sets the upbeat tone of life behind-the-scenes

Getting there! Before introducing the five-minute special, Peter Jackson revealed that they are ‘halfway’ through the editing process

Jokers: In the first look, the late John Lennon jokes: ‘We’re bl**dy stars, ya know!’ while larking about in the studio with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, and the late George Harrison

‘So here we are, we’ve got 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage and it’s really great stuff. And we are, I would say, halfway through the edit now.’

Peter insisted: ‘it’s not a trailer, and it’s not a sequence from the film,’ but instead, he posited the five-minute special as ‘like a montage of moments that we pulled from throughout the 56 hours of footage that we have.

‘It just gives you a sense of the spirit of the film that were making,’ he explained before the screen then cut to footage of the late John Lennon and George Harrison and surviving members Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr in the studio.

After making light of newspaper articles written about them, the band go straight into rehearsals, effortlessly creating the sounds which launched them to worldwide fame. 

Interrupted by a sound engineer, Paul asks: ‘Ya wha?’ in his iconic scouse accent, while John jokes ‘Don’t interrupt the stars. We’re bl**dy stars, ya know!’ 

Not so serious: The band make light of newspaper articles written about them

Good times: Clearly enjoying each others company, The Fab Four are filmed having fun with each other, and with those who helped to create the music

Input: George added his creative input to the album-making process

Clearly enjoying each others company, The Fab Four are filmed having fun with each other, and with those who helped to create their Let It Be album. 

The five-minute montage singes together the most fabulous moments to the sound of their hit Get Back.

While Yoko Ono is heavily present throughout the montage, at times, the late Linda McCartney is also seen standing next to then-husband Paul.  

In a statement about the release, Peter Jackson said: ‘We wanted to give the fans of The Beatles all over the world a holiday treat, so we put together this five-minute sneak peek at our upcoming theatrical film The Beatles: Get Back.

‘We hope it will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and some much-needed joy at this difficult time.’ 

Incredible talent: The band are predominantly filmed in rehearsals, effortlessly creating the sounds which launched them to worldwide fame

Fun times: Ringo messed around with his drumsticks during a break from playing

So much tea! John and Ringo seemed to always be carrying a cup of tea with them

The Beatles: Get Back follows the story of the iconic Liverpool band as they plan their first live show in over two years, using unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. 

The film charts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album.

The Beatles: Get Back also features other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be. 

Always there: Yoko Ono is heavily present throughout the montage

Memory lane: The late Linda McCartney is also seen standing next to Paul. The two would be married within months

It’s a family affair: Paul hoists Heather McCartney, his adopted daughter from Linda’s first marriage, up onto his shoulders

The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.

On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. 

They were joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set ending with the conclusion of ‘Get Back’ before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume.  

The final show: The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row

The last hurrah! On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters 

Paul McCartney recently admitted the upcoming flick ‘reaffirmed’ for him that he wasn’t to blame for their split in April of that year.

Macca said this month: ‘It was so reaffirming for me. Because it proves that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill.

‘The proof is the footage. I bought into the dark side of the Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘Oh God, I’m to blame.’ I knew I wasn’t, but it’s easy when the climate is that way to start thinking so.

Fond memories: Paul McCartney recently admitted the upcoming flick ‘reaffirmed’ for him that he wasn’t to blame for their split in April of that year

‘But at the back of my mind there was always this idea that it wasn’t like that, but I needed to see proof. There’s a great photo Linda [his late ex-wife] took, which is my favourite, of me and John working on a song, glowing with joy. This footage is the same. All four of us having a ball.’

Hailing Lord of the Rings filmmaker Jackson’s work on the flick, Paul added: ‘I love it, I must say because it’s how it was. It just reminds me of – even though we had arguments, like any family – we loved each other, you know, and it shows in the film.

‘It’s a very warm feeling, And it’s amazing just being backstage with these people, making this music that turned out to be good.’   

The exciting new collaboration The Beatles: Get Back saw The Beatles and three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson join forces for a production presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. 

The Beatles: Get Back is directed by Jackson, produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

Jabez Olssen serves as the film’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.

The Beatles: Get Back opens in UK cinemas on August 27, 2021 

Not long to wait: The Beatles: Get Back opens in UK cinemas on August 27, 2021

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