Recently discovered footage of The Beatles getting ready for a television performance has been published by The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The fantastic 49-second silent video, which was filmed by Australian dancer and makeup artist Dawn Swane, was shot in November 1965. At the time, Ms. Swane was working for UK company Granada TV in Manchester.
Ms. Swane explained: “I was in the makeup room, and we were having some champagne…I don’t know if it was John or if it was Ringo, but they took the camera off me and said, ‘This is no way to use a camera’ and they sort of jiggled it upside down and inside out a bit, and everybody was just mucking around. But that was great. I mean they were a nice group of people. They really were.”
The home videos were donated to the NFSA by her daughter Melinda Doring.
The Beatles were not the only stars that have had video captured and released from the NFSA, some of the other highlights from this collection include rare footage of a very young Michael Caine on the set of the TV drama The Other Man.
Dawn Swane shared these and other celebrity stories in The Australian Women’s Weekly dated 22 February 1967 including tidbits like “mascara gave [Caine] his sex appeal” and that Beatles drummer Ringo “always insists on a hair wash before the show starts.”
Check out the Beatles footage below: