Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Day John Lennon Died

ITV Documentary based on the final hours of the life of Beatle John Lennon. This documentary came on the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. The film traces John's final day from a radio interview, to signing an autograph for his eventual killer, to working in the studio and finally on his way back home to see his son when he was shot and killed.
If you're familiar with Lennon and his life then there's nothing new that you're going to learn here but then again it's hard to learn anything new since so many shows, movies and books have dealt with the murder of this icon.
If you are new to the events then you're going to get quite a bit of information here as the forty-five plus minutes running time is full of interviews with many people who were there that day. Yoko Ono goes through quite a few tears talking about his final day and "Double Fantasy" producer Jack Douglas talks about the work in the studio and how he found out about the events.
Other people in the documentary: Cilla Black, Gerry Marsden, David Frost, Bob Gruen, Andy Peebles, Liam Gallagher, Elliot Mintz, Dave Sholin from RKO radio who interviewed Lennon that day, the fan Paul Goresh who snapped the now famous picture of Lennon and Chapman, Alan Weiss - the ABC producer who was in the emergency room, Thelma Pickles - a teenage girlfriend of Lennon and several others.

Directed by Michael Waldman and narrated by Paul McGann.

Produced by Michael Waldman
Lorraine McKechnie: co-producer
Sue Summers: executive producer
Cinematography by Simon Fanthorpe and Adam Vardy
Film Editing by David G. Hill
Production Management: Carol Davidson

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