It’s been about fourteen years since we were able to screen A Hard Day’s Night (1964) at the Astor. We used to run a 35mm film print held by Disney, who managed the re-issue some years before that. After the theatrical screening rights expired, however, the print was junked. And so you have it: for about fourteen years we were unable to screen A Hard Day’s Night.
With Umbrella Entertainment as the now rights holders, a 2K DCP remaster of this long-absent fan movie – just in time for its 50th anniversary – is now available. We can finally present an afternoon of Beatlemania at the Astor. It may not be 35mm, but we will see Ringo, John, Paul and George up on the big screen.
John, Paul, George and Ringo get up to some fairly cheeky antics that seem masterfully improvised at times, and the result is a joyous celebration of an era and the fab four at their most memorable. Apparently, it’s a tough life being a Beatle: the beyond famous four have to work so hard at being The Beatles that they’d really be very grateful for just one day off…
But the film itself is not all we have in store. As you no doubt know, coming to the Astor is cinema-going as an event, so in addition to screening this great film, we’re also incredibly excited to announce that BackBeaT, a Melbourne based Beatles tribute band, will be performing the sound and energy of the early Beatles era from pre-fab to Beatlemania in the Astor foyer before the screening.
They are die hard Beatle people who like to share with the audience their passion for the early Beatles career (unless you were there of course!) They don’t wear wigs or try to do the Liverpool accent justice – they play the music with passion, three-part harmonies and with period correct equipment.
And, as if that weren’t enough entertainment for one afternoon, we’ll also be screening a rare CinemaScope short of The Beatles in concert! So if you love The Beatles and if you want to celebrate their impressive career with like-minded fans, in opulent surrounds, then we’ll be seeing you on Sunday November 30. Doors open at 1pm for a 2pm screening. Astor Choc-Ices will of course be available to make the experience all the sweeter.