MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (12A)
Sunday 30 September, 5.30
Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen, and a story that’s never been heard. In September 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary SGT PEPPER, The Beatles made a film – this time conceived and directed by them. Based on a loose, unscripted narrative, the film became the vehicle for six new songs: Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool on the Hill, Flying, I Am The Walrus, Blue Jay Way and Your Mother Should Know. Magical Mystery Tour is a surreal take on the British tradition of the coach trip to the seaside, featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves alongside an eccentric cast of characters. Now, 45 years on, this virtually forgotten film has been fully restored, and is being presented properly for the first time.
Contains brief sexualised nudity.
THE LAST WALTZ (15)
Thursday 4 October, 8.20
In many ways the definitive rock concert doc, Martin Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ feels as fresh and invigorating today as ever. Capturing what was billed as The Band's last ever live performance in San Francisco on 25 November 1972, Scorsese's film provides an intimate first-hand portrait of a group weary from 16 years on the road but still dedicated to their loyal following. The charismatic frontman Robbie Robertson is very much the focus, and at times his personality overshadows the film's end-of-an-era undertones. As a piece of documentary cinema, however, THE LAST WALTZ is unmissable viewing, not least for the presence of rock royalty that peppers the footage, including Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Join Mitchell, Neil Diamond and Ringo Starr.
THE HARDER THEY COME (Cert TBC)
Monday 22 October, 8.30
The film features a scintillating turn from Jimmy Cliff as a young would-be singer who finds the going rough when he hits the big city of Kingston. Exploited by a dishonest record-company executive, Cliff turns his back on the establishment and becomes involved in the marijuana trade. When he finds himself in the middle of a bloody raid, Cliff kills several cops and escapes, whereupon the duplicitous record exec releases his single The Harder They Come, elevating the fugitive to the status of folk hero. Responsible for helping to popularise reggae (Cliff and The Maytals feature on the superlative score), this is however no easily digested advertisement with Henzell pulling no punches in his uncompromising depiction of music-business shenanigans and inner-city violence.