COOL: Beatles director bears all

Posted on August 24, 2010 by


The world’s always rubbing its belly for 60’s relics especially when they’re Beatles related.  And our next feast will be provided by director Richard Lester whose works include A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help! (1965). Yep, he was the guy behind two of the best films about a band the world has ever known. It makes you wonder if he directed Spice World.

If you’ve seen A Hard Day’s Night you’ll remember how much you fancied John and Paul and Lester’s subtle handling of impending Beatlemania.

Last week, as if it was Christmas, Lester sent the BFI a whopping 60 boxes (six linear metres) of correspondence, scripts and stills spanning the entire period of his career. Accordingly, the BFI will clip the trees outside so they resemble McCartney and Lennon style bowl cuts and when they’re done sifting through the letters from Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Spike Milligan, Harold Pinter, Alastair Sim and Raquel Welch, they’ll invite us in to have a butchers.

Richard Lester said, “I have had a long association with the BFI going back over 40 years. The organisation has always been very helpful to me in different ways. It is a pleasure for me to be able to offer them the detritus of my working life.”


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