February 21, 2017

Michael Winterbottom to direct Beatles film

24 Hour Party People director Michael Winterbottom will direct The Longest Cocktail Party, a film about Beatles label Apple, its producer has said.

Andrew Eaton, co-founder of Revolution Films with Winterbottom, also told The Playlist blog that Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong had written the script.

The film, based on Apple worker Richard DiLello’s book, is co-produced with Liam Gallagher’s film company.

Former Oasis singer Gallagher, whose In 1 Productions company owns the rights to the memoir by The Beatles’ “house hippy” DiLello, revealed last year that the film would be made.

DiLello, whose responsibilities included making tea and listening to demo tapes, began working for the company as a teenager after he “wandered into” the Apple building in 1968.

His memoir, which charts the period from 1968 to The Beatles’ break-up in 1970, features tales of a one-man band auditioning in the company’s reception hall and the Beatles’ last public performance on the roof.

The American, who eventually became Apple’s director of public relations, had his book published in 1973.

Eaton told The Playlist that negotiating with Apple Records over using music from its back catalogue for the film was “a minefield”.

“We’re doing a bit of a dance at the moment, we haven’t really found a way to make it work,” he added.

Source: BBC

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