The Beatles didn’t really want to break-up argues Peter Jackson, who has directed new Let It Be documentary Get Back – which features mountains of unseen footage.
It was 50 years ago this year that The Beatles broke up. And it’s the Let It Be movie which captured their 1969 recording sessions that some fans believe shows the beginning of the end for the Fab Four. However, hours of unseen footage never made it into the film and now Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has the access for his new documentary The Beatles: Get Back.
Jackson said: “Even though Let It Be wasn’t filmed with the breakup in mind it was filmed 14 months earlier.
“I can just imagine that if you were going to the cinema in May of 1970, and you just heard that the Beatles had broken up, then you’re obviously going to look at the movie through a particular filter.“I think that has led to it being known as the breakup film.“But it’s not really a breakup film in the slightest.”
“Just me personally as a fan, looking at the 56 hours, I get a sense of a group that wants to do something different, but they’ve run out of places to go.“They never wanted to repeat themselves — they didn’t want to make Sgt. Pepper 2.
“There’s even conversations we’ve got on film where they’re discussing, ‘Maybe if we went back and became the Cavern Club band again’ — becoming the lunchtime bender gang.
“Because they can’t play a stadium that’s bigger than Shea. They’ve done complex albums. They’ve done simple albums.” Jackson asserted: “You get the sense that they really don’t want to break up.“That’s the overriding impression I get.“They’re a forward-moving band, but they’ve run out of places to go.”
The Beatles: Get Back is set for release in August next year, and will feature the full and restored 42-minute rooftop concert in its entirety.
After all, that was the last time The Beatles ever played live together.
Jackson and his team previously restored and colourised unseen First World War footage for 2018 documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old.
The Beatles: Get Back has been supported by both surviving members Paul and Ringo.
While John Lennon and George Harrison’s widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have also backed the project.
Paul said: “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
While Ringo enthused: “I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. “There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”