The Beatles and India gets off the ground
Variety reports that Abacus Media Rights has sold the documentary “The Beatles and India” to HBO Max for Latin America, BritBox North America for the U.S. and Canada, Channel 4 for the U.K., Foxtel for Australia, Channel One for Russia, and A Contracorriente Films for Spain, with more deals in the pipeline.
Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book “Across The Universe – The Beatles in India,” the film marks Bose’s directorial debut, is co-directed by Peter Compton and is produced by Reynold D’Silva, CEO of Silva Screen Music Group.
Abacus MD Jonathan Ford said: “Using rare archival footage, an array of unseen recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and stunning location shoots across India, ‘The Beatles and India’ energetically reveals a fascinating journey which was to have a profound impact on The Beatles’ spiritual lives and their music.”
“The universal appeal of the subject has been one of our main aims in creating this project and we are sure it will strike a resonant chord with audiences,” D’Silva added.
The film has already been shown at festivals and in select Everyman theatres in the UK. On October 29, The Beatles and India will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film’s companion album, Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles and India, will be released on the same day. This is an album of cover versions of songs The Beatles composed in India will be released. A second single from that album has been released since we last reported on it, “Mother Nature’s Son” featuring Benny Dayal and Karsh Kale. You can download / stream it here or below:
101 Films will also be releasing the film on digital on October 4.