A new documentary centring around the iconic Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is set to be released in cinemas next month. The documentary, titled ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today! Sgt Pepper and Beyond’ is said to feature some never before seen footage of the fab four.
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was not only the defining record of The Beatles career, but also one of the most important musical creations of the 20th century. As the album nears its 50th anniversary this summer, a number of high profile celebrations have been planned to commemorate the album’s success.
It has now been announced that the celebrations (which include a series of art installations and a special mini festival in Liverpool) will be lead by a groundbreaking new documentary. The documentary has been directed by Alan G. Parker, and co-produced by Alexa Morris and Reynold D’Silva.
In a recent interview, director Parker said of the upcoming film: “We’re combining first-hand accounts of the events that allowed ‘Sgt. Pepper…’ to happen with rare and unseen footage that we’ve forensically unearthed from mainstream archives and private collectors.” He adds: “The last days of touring, the execution of the album – and the aftermath that it left behind will, I hope, give the audience an intimate sense of the band, the time and the impact of this extraordinary album.”
The documentary will be released in cinemas from May 26, before receiving a digital release on June 1. The Blu-Ray version will be made available from June 3.
Beatles bassist Paul McCartney opened up about the celebrations in a recent press release, explaining: “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,”