The Beatles and Us
A quirky and affectionate portrait of Liverpool and how the relationship with her most famous sons has reflected and shaped the city’s changing fortunes.
Many have said that the 5th Beatle was actually Liverpool, so influential was the character and traditions of the city upon the Beatles’ personalities, creative drive and unshakable self belief. By the same token, the recently installed statue that stands proudly at Pier Head, carries the inscription “…The Beatles never really left. They are synonymous with this city.” Liverpool and the Fab Four are inextricable linked… still.
The 9th October this year marks what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. Despite this geriatric milestone, global interest in Lennon, and the band he started, seem to show no signs of diminishing. To Liverpool, where 1 in 100 jobs are Beatles related, this enduring appeal has become vital to the city’s economy. The vast investment that accompanied being bestowed European City of Culture, has transformed the city centre – and winning that glittering prize was largely down to the Beatles’ connection. This dependency though has made Liverpool vulnerable – as the virus arrived on the shores of the Mersey, the torrent of visitors that once streamed through John Lennon Airport, has slowed to a trickle…
Liverpool born director, Chris Purcell explores these themes in a charming and poetic character led documentary “The Beatles and Us”. Timed to coincide with Lennon’s big day, it also comes just as the very cradle of Beatlemania, the Cavern Club, is under threat of closure. The iconic venue, now a microcosm of the troubles facing the live music scene everywhere, is currently loosing £30K a week. As Purcell’s film reflects though, Liverpool has weathered stormy times before.
Purcell is also the guy behind the short film about the Abbey Road zebra crossing, “Why don’t we do it in the road?” and he was a recent guest of the I am the Eggpod podcast.