Taking the Best Music Documentary award at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards this month, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years could be on its way toward Oscar if it follows the path of recent years for films like Amy and Searching for Sugar Man. Featuring a powerful combination of found footage, interviews and concert footage, The Beatles shows the iconic Liverpool band as they’ve never been seen before.
Joining Deadline’s Dominic Patten on November 7, following AwardsLine’s screening of the film, were producer Nigel Sinclair, writer Mark Monroe and editor Paul Crowder, who discussed the rise of the Beatles to the status of a cultural phenomenon on an unparalleled, global scale. “The Beatles were the first band to compose their own songs, to organize what they put in their albums, to decide how they dress and create a cultural presence,” Sinclair explains. “You can see it in this film. You can see it being born in front of your eyes.”
In an AwardsLine video exclusive above, the collaborators discuss the intimate portrait of the band, key creative challenges and the iterations the film went through over the years.