Clearing Blind Spots: The Beatles on Film


‘Clearing blinds spots’ is a monthly series where I watch films I’ve never seen before in an attempt to be a better film person.

Okay, so I’m a little late getting started on the blind spot selections for February but only a handful of films make up the theme.

On 25 February it’s George Harrison’s birthday (my favourite Beatle, hands down) and it reminded me that I’ve never explored The Beatles on film. I’ve seen shards of everything but have never sat down to give them my full attention.

The picks will be a combination of their work together (A Hard Day’s Night, Help, Yellow Submarine), the solo stuff (if I can track any of them down), the films Harrison produced (Life of Brian, Time Bandits) and the films they inspired (Across the Universe, Good Ol’ Freda and Living in the Material World).

This is a mashup of films I’m really looking forward to and it reminds me of Ethan Hawke’s speech about The Beatles in Boyhood when talking about The Black Album, a mix CD made up of the best of their solo work:

“Top of volume two, first four tracks. You’ve got “Band on the Run” into “My Sweet Lord” into “Jealous Guy” into “Photograph.” Come on! It’s like the perfect segue. You’ve got Paul who takes you to the party, George who talks to you about God, John is just “No, it’s about love and pain” and then Ringo who just says “Hey, can’t we enjoy what we have while we have it?”

Cameron Williams

The Popcorn Junkie