Is every Hollywood dude auteur obligated to make a Beatles documentary, or what? We’ve already had Scorsese’s George Harrison feature and a Ron Howard doco about the Liverpudlian band’s visit to America.
Now, cuddly Kiwi blockbuster craftsman Peter Jackson is helming The Beatles: Get Back, compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, as well as mostly unheard audio from 1969’s Let It Be album sessions.
In an exclusive, recently released clip, Jackson apologizes that the documentary is not yet ready for release as planned, but offers a tantalising five minute featurette as consolation.
“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.” It sure did, Pete.
The doco will be released in Australian and NZ cinemas on September 2, 2021: seems like ages away now, but as Jackson explains, there really is that much never-before-seen footage to comb through.
Instead, the above clip treats us to some incredible videos of John Lennon tooling around and reading the newspaper, the band practicing the chugging intro to Get Back, and even a look at the sheer number of film canisters Jackson must pore through to get this thing ready.
So what if have to wait for this revelatory doco to come out? Let it be. And enjoy the music and magic of Pete’s sneak peek until September 2.