In January 1969, a film crew was given unprecedented access to The Beatles as they wrote and recorded what was to become their final album ‘Let It Be’.
At that point the biggest band in the world was buckling under pressure of strained relationships within the group, and differing musical directions. Such was the ill feeling during the sessions that guitarist George Harrison temporarily quit before being coaxed back into the band to complete the recordings.
‘Let It Be’ and the accompanying documentary were released in mid 1970, but by then the horse had bolted; John Lennon had released the first solo single by a Beatle in ‘Give Peace a Chance’, and by the end of the year The Beatles were no more.
Much of the footage from the ‘Let It Be’ sessions was subsequently locked away in a vault and has never been seen until now.
With director Peter Jackson at the helm (Lord of the Rings, They Shall Grow Not Old), ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed.
It’s essentially a trip back in time – none of The Beatles had hit 30 during the sessions – to a pivotal moment in music history.
What we’re witnessing is the break up of a band who are still regarded as one of the greats, and the split of a songwriting powerhouse in Lennon and McCartney.
The docuseries showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test.
‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century.
Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humour, and creative genius.
While plans derail and relationships are put to the test, some of the world’s most iconic songs are composed and performed. The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let It Be’.
‘The Beatles: Get Back’ rolls out over three days, November 25, 26, and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.