The Mods & Rockers 2000 Film Festival presents a great variety of
movies. There are several of obvious interest to us Beatles fans.
(A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, YELLOW SUBMARINE 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 festival.
If having perused the full film festival schedule you spot a
connection not mentioned on this page - please contact us
immediately with full details.
- This 1968 satire on Swingin' London was written by Liverpudlian writer
and jazz singer George Melly - who became a close friend of former
Beatles publicist Derek Taylor. (Taylor produced Melly's 1972 album
"Nuts!") Melly's sharp Mersey-wit was cut from the same cloth as the
Beatles' humor - especially John's love of wordplay.
And the film co-stars mod-gal Rita Tushingham who was Beatles' Director
Richard Lester's female lead in 1965's "The Knack"
- A British rock star is disaffected with values in the western world and
goes to India to study under a guru - and take sitar lessons. Hmmmm!
AND it co-stars Rita Tushingham!
Michael York in "The Guru"
- A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
- Brand-new 35mm print! And digitally re-mixed audio!
With guest: producer Walter Shenson live in-person!
This screening takes place just one week after Walter Shenson's
81st birthday! Let's give him a wonderful birthday gift -
having a jam-packed movie theatre for the man who HELPed
the Beatles become "LEGENDS OF THE SILVER SCREEN"!
THE MAKING OF A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
The World Theatrical Premiere of the 60-minute documentary which gives
the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Beatles' first film.
- THE ROLLING STONES ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS
- In January 1969, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg would start shooting the
film which became "Let It Be." But a few months earlier he directed
this 1968 TV special for The Stones. And among the Stones' guests was
John Lennon performing a searing "Yer Blues" - backed by a real
super-group. Try Eric Clapton and Keith Richards on guitar... Jimi
Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell on drums...
This film stayed in the vaults for 28 years before it was released on
video. This screening is the film's West Coast Theatrical Premiere!
- YELLOW SUBMARINE
- Digitally-restored print! And digitally re-mixed audio!
The restored version cries out to be seen on the big screen. And yet it
played in L.A. for 10 minutes and it was gone! Make up for that by
catching this very special screening.
With special guest: Bruce Markoe - the man who instigated and supervised
the entire restoration. This is his first public appearance discussing
the restoration. And he has a great story to tell...
A MOD ODYSSEY
The original short film made to promote the film
Scenes restored to Yellow Submarine
- 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE
THE MONKEES - PILOT EPISODE
- Don't forget that the Beatles got a kick out of the Monkees! They knew
that the Monkees were not a real band - but were four guys having fun
PLAYING a band.
So they hung out a little. Which is why you can catch a glimpse of Mike
Nesmith attending the Beatles' "Day In The Life" sessions... why Peter
Tork visited George Harrison during the Wonderwall sessions... etc etc
- HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
- This coming-of-age, losing-of-virginity film was written by Hunter
Davies - who was the Beatles' official biographer. His book "The
Beatles" was published in 1968.
- This all-star concert movie features the cream of the British
Invasion. It features the full-length versions of two
performances by the early (1963) Beatles filmed in rich
color! The songs are "SHE LOVES YOU' and 'TWIST AND
SHOUT" - and they have to be seen on the big screen to be
The cinematographer was Geoffrey Unsworth - who later filmed Stanley
Kubrick's "2001" - so it all looks much better than the average pop
The film also features performances by several other pals of the
Beatles - many singing specially-written Beatles compositions. These
include: Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Peter & Gordon, The Fourmost,
Sounds Incorporated, The Remo Four and Tommy Quickly.
Billy J. Kramer had several number one hits with specially-written
Lennon-McCartney written songs including "Bad To Me". Peter & Gordon
also had a string of John and Paul-penned hits - such as "World Without
Love." The Fourmost had a hit with a John song "I'm In Love" - and
singer Tommy Quickly received a John and Paul song called "Tip Of My
Tongue" never recorded by the Beatles. Instrumental group The Remo Four
were used by George as session musicians on his solo "Wonderwall"
project - and instrumentalists Sounds Incorporated were featured by the
Beatles on "Sgt. Pepper" - playing brass on tracks such as "Good Morning
Billy J. Kramer and Peter and Gordon
- CO-DEPENDENCE DAY!
- This is the name of the special fun English Tea Party celebrating July
4th weekend in British style! Included in the festivities are live
performances of 60's music by all-star band - The Shag-a-delics! - who
only play once a year at this bash!
This year the band is led by rock legend Spencer Davis. Included in the
band are former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and former McCartney
sideman Chris Spedding (see him in "Give My Regards To Broad Street")
Also in the band is former Knack drummer Bruce Gary - who played a lot
with Jack Bruce - who is currently on the road with Ringo - whose tour
ends the day before this gig - and who usually rests up at his Los
Angeles home for while after tours....
- Both of these films feature specially-recorded soundtracks by the early
Pink Floyd - whose first album was produced by former Beatles engineer
Norman Smith at Abbey Road Studios at the same time that "Sgt. Pepper"
was being recorded in the fabled Studio Two.
- 30 IS A DANGEROUS AGE, CYNTHIA
- This Dudley Moore film was directed by Joe McGrath - who directed the
landmark Peter Cook & Dudley Moore TV series "Not Only...But Also" - on
which John Lennon made two notable guest appearances.
- THE RISE & RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER
- This film stars Peter Cook - who 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 bathroom attendant in a spoof
news report about upscale public
- Monkees music producer Don Kirshner partnered with James Bond
co-producer Harry Saltzman to make this movie - a cynically-conceived
marketing device which aimed to make the psychedelic pop group
"Toomorrow" - with lead singer Olivia Newton-John - into "the next
Didn't QUITE payoff...!
- Last year the Mods & Rockers Film Festival presented the American
Premiere of this lost classic from 1968. It was a huge hit - and is
receiving an encore screening at this year's festival.
This is all happening just 32 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.
This film features GEORGE'S ONLY MOVIE SCORE! And it also includes
drumming by Ringo and guitar by Eric Clapton!
AND THE PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD SONG
NEWLY-DISCOVERED BY GEORGE IN HIS VAULTS!
AND - NEW REVELATION! - A POEM WRITTEN BY JOHN
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
Director Joe Massot was a wonderful live guest last year - and he will
be returning as a live guest - with more recollections of his work with
George Harrison and The Beatles
Wonderwall Soundtrack LP
REFLECTIONS ON LOVE
The 1965 short "REFLECTIONS ON LOVE"
was 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
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 Fleetwood! (Phew!)
- BE GLAD FOR THE SONG HAS NO ENDING
RETYING THE KNOT
- "Be Glad" was a "Magical Mystery Tour"- style movie by the group which
was considered by many to be the progressive-folk equivalent of the
Beatles. There is no doubt that the Fabs were very taken with the
Incredible String Band - and their influence shows up in a lot of their
Among the many distinctive features of the "Incredibles" was their
breaking of the rules of traditional song structure. The verse verse
chorus verse chorus style of writing. They developed a 'modular' style
- with three often diverse sequences segued together to form one song.
A few months after John heard that innovative approach to writing in the
Incredible String Band song "A Very Cellular Song" - he wrote "Happiness
Is A Warm Gun" - which was equally inventive in its compositional
John was proud of absorbing influences from all around him - though he
always developed his own take on the music that inspired him.
There are also some interesting parallels between the two principal
writer/singer/writers in the Incredible String Band (Mike Heron and
Robin Williamson) and John and Paul. If you don't know the music of
this band - check out these two films.
- WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN
- In 1968 - Donovan was as close to the Beatles as any other artist. This
film is Donovan at his most 1968!
Donovan with the Maharishi
- MESSAGE TO LOVE: THE 1970 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
- Though no Beatles attended this festival - there is a great sequence in
the film where the entire crowd of 600,000 (larger even than the
Woodstock audience!) are swaying along to the festival sound system
blasting "Give Peace A Chance."
- The notorious Terry Southern novel transformed into a bawdy movie with a
slew of stars including Marlon Brando, James Coburn. Richard Burton -
and our very own Ringo - transformed into a Mexican gardener! (Well the
moustache helped. A little...!)
Ringo in a publicity still from "Candy"
- POP DOWN
- This ultra-rare film features some of Britain's less celebrated
psychedelic pop groups - including a group called The Idle Race - whose
leader later joined The Move - then formed The Electric Light Orchestra
- and then was a co-founder of The Traveling Wilburys...
Well you know that this musician is none other than Jeff Lynne - who
later co-produced the two Beatles reunion songs "Free As A Bird" and
"Real Love" and has produced with George, Ringo and Paul. He was
co-producer of Paul's "Flaming Pie" album.
It should be a treat to see the extremely young Jeff Lynne!