The Mods & Rockers! Film Festival presents a great variety of movies.
There are several of obvious interest to us Beatles fans. (HELP! and
WONDERWALL come to mind!)
But there are also several other films which have less obvious Beatles
connections - which may be of interest to the dedicated Beatles fan.
This page tells you about all the Beatle-related movies in the
- BEDAZZLED (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore)
FRIDAY JUNE 25 - 7:00 PM
- John Lennon was great friends with Peter Cook - and appeared several
times on the Peter Cook & Dudley Moore 60’s BBC TV show “Not Only... But
Also” including appearances reading his poems and a famous acting cameo
as a smartly-uniformed attendant in a spoof news report about upscale
TONITE LET'S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON
FRIDAY JUNE 25 - 9:30 PM
Features very early Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd - recorded at Abbey Road
at the same time as “Sgt. Pepper” - produced by former Beatles engineer
Norman Smith behind the controls at Abbey Road
HELP! (plus Beatles rarities)
SATURDAY JUNE 26 - 6:15PM
- Brand-new 35mm print! With guest: producer Walter Shenson live
This screening takes place just 4 days after Walter Shenson’s 80th
birthday! Let’s give him a wonderful birthday gift - by having a
jam-packed movie theatre for the man who HELPed the Beatles become
“LEGENDS OF THE SILVER SCREEN”!
On the set of Help!
SATURDAY JUNE 26 - 8:15 PM
THE LONG-AWAITED AMERICAN PREMIERE! (just 31 years after George &
Pattie Harrison and Ringo & Maureen Starr attended the World Premiere at
the Cannes Film Festival - and 30 years after George & Pattie attended
the British Premiere - in the middle of the “Get Back” sessions.)
FEATURING GEORGE’S ONLY MOVIE SCORE!
(includes drumming by Ringo and guitar by Eric Clapton!)
AND THE PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD SONG NEWLY-DISCOVERED BY GEORGE IN HIS
VAULTS! (Click here for more news on this newly discovered
AND - NEW REVELATION! - A POEM WRITTEN BY JOHN LENNON! Check back to
this page soon for more details!
Also screening is the 1965 short “REFLECTIONS ON LOVE” shot by
Wonderwall director Joe Massot - with famed Beatles photographer Robert
Freeman as Director of Photography.
This short film includes brief documentary footage of the Beatles in
1965 - in a short but fun sequence - and a featured appearance by Jenny
Boyd - sister of George’s first wife - Pattie Boyd. Jenny Boyd was the
person who introduced the Beatles to the Maharishi (!) worked in the
Beatles’ Apple Boutique - and later was later married to Mick
Director Joe Massot personally commissioned George to write the
Wonderwall soundtrack. He became close friends with the Beatles -
especially John and George - who invited him to join them on their
pilgrimage to Rishikesh, India in spring 1968. Joe shot some of the
footage of that visit used in the “Anthology” TV series.
DIRECTOR JOE MASSOT WILL ATTEND THE PREMIERE AND PARTAKE IN A
GREAT EXPLOITATIONS! AN AUDIENCE WITH MARTIN LEWIS
SATURDAY JUNE 26 - 9:00 PM
SATURDAY JULY 3 - 9:00 PM
British humorist and Beatles authority Martin Lewis reveals the full
story of his now notorious Beatles song hoax - which is still creating
major controversy in the Beatles world.
You can read the full true
story on his website - without it spoiling the show! The
hoax is just one of the many true wild stories in his acclaimed
And as the show’s many impressive reviews
have stated - the fun is all in the
Note: There will be two performances of this live stage-show during the
festival. The first performance is scheduled to run in an adjacent
theatre concurrently with the American Premiere of Wonderwall. However
- Beatles fan who very understandably wish to attend the Wonderwall
premiere - may see the Martin Lewis show the following weekend -
Saturday July 3rd at 9:00pm.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock
THURSDAY JULY 1 - 9:15 PM
Jack Nicholson stars as a hairy San Francisco hippie musician in 1967!
Also featured is the L.A. psychedelic band STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK - huge
Beatles fans - who took part of their name directly from a copy of
Billboard showing “Strawberry Fields Forever” riding high in the charts!
FRIDAY JULY 2 - 9:30 PM
Between shooting “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” - director Richard
Lester filmed this brilliant satire about the art of seduction. It
stars a pre-Phantom of The Opera Michael Crawford - who Lester later put
together with John Lennon in his 1967 movie “How I Won The War.”
Beatles' Director and Chum Dick Lester
HEAD (with Monkee Micky Dolenz live in-person!)
SATURDAY JULY 3 - 4:00 PM
The Monkees first and only movie. Don’t forget that the Beatles
immediately accepted the Monkees as cool fun people. Michael Nesmith
was invited to the famous orchestral session for “A Day In The Life.”
Peter Tork visited the London “Wonderwall” sessions in early 1968 - and
reportedly contributed tambourine to one track. And of course Ringo
became an honorary Monkee in those Pizza Hut commercials!
This is a fun movie - co-written by Jack Nicholson! - in which the
Monkees tried to shake their teenybop image.
SATURDAY JULY 3 - 6:15 PM
A very camp bizarre movie - the first one directed by famous Beatles
photographer Robert Freeman. (He shot the photos seen on the covers of
albums such as “With The Beatles” “Help!” and “Rubber Soul.”)
SATURDAY JULY 3 - 9:00 PM
A second performance of Martin Lewis’ one-man show.
SUNDAY JULY 4 - 12:00 PM
This movie stars Cliff Richard & the Shadows. Up till the Beatles’
breakthrough in 1963 - Cliff was the most successful pop act in
Britain. And he’s still having hits in 1999 - 41 years after he was
launched as ‘the British Elvis’ !!!
John Lennon himself once said, "I think the first English record that
was anywhere near anything was “Move It “ by Cliff Richard, and before
that there'd been nothing."
There are several stories that relate The Beatles to Cliff Richard.
How this movie - “Summer Holiday” - influenced the Beatles’ strategy for
conquering America... And how Cliff’s longtime backing group The
Shadows inspired the Beatles first instrumental...
HAVING A WILD WEEKEND HOLIDAY (aka Catch Us If You Can)
SUNDAY JULY 4 - 12:00 PM
The other film on this July 4th British double-bill is the first (and
only!) movie by the group who were - for a year - the Beatles’ biggest
rivals in America.
NOT the Rolling Stones. Nor The Who, Yardbirds or Animals. Not even
Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & the Pacemakers or Freddie & The Dreamers!
No - the pretenders in the white pants (!) were five guys from Tottenham
in north London - who for a while were being touted by some misguided
pundits as serious rivals to the Beatles - with their “Tottenham
Well history records who won that little battle! But check out the band
that was fleetingly (though mainly in the media’s mind) - the main
THE MODS & ROCKERS ENGLISH TEA PARTY & MOVIE
GO-GO MANIA (aka Pop Gear)
SUNDAY JULY 4 - 4:00PM - 8:00PM
This special event concludes the film festival with a wild Mod English
Tea Party to celebrate July 4th in British style! There will be an
all-star live band playing 60’s music - and you can be certain that
there will be plenty of Beatles songs heard!
Preceding that there will be a rare screening of GO GO MANIA - an
all-star concert movie featuring the cream of the British Invasion. It
features the full-length versions of two great performances by the
early (1963) Beatles filmed in rich 35mm color! The songs are “SHE
LOVES YOU’ and ‘TWIST AND SHOUT” - and they have to be seen on the big
screen to be really appreciated!
There are also performances by several other pals of the Beatles -
singing specially-written Beatles compositions. These include:
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Peter & Gordon The Fourmost Sounds
Incorporated The Remo Four Tommy Quickly