Liam Gallagher, who was lead singer of the band Oasis, is developing and producing a feature film about The Beatles’ multi-media corporation, Apple Corps. Based on the book The Longest Cocktail Party by Richard DiLello, the film will take place between 1968-1969 and center on DiLello’s time as a student at Apple Corps with Apple Press Officer Derek Taylor. Reading the synopsis from the press release, it sounds like the film is more of an episodic series of wild times at the corporation than an overarching narrative. But it wants you to know that the Beatles were inspirational. Also, water is wet and the sky is blue. However, the Fab Four won’t actually be in the movie but “will be off-stage – voices in the background, on the end of phones,” which is an interesting approach and not an attempt at a backdoor biopic.
It’s no surprise that Gallagher would try to make this film seeing as Oasis was the world’s biggest Beatles cover band. However, I’m taking bets right now on how much the film is going to be another, “Hey! Weren’t the 60s groovy-yet-turbulent?” tale and aesthetic.
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Here’s the pertinent info from the press release.
to develop, and produce a feature film about
The Beatles’ Apple Corps
THE LONGEST COCKTAIL PARTY
May 14 2010: Liam Gallagher’s newly formed film Production Company In 1 Productions has confirmed that they will develop and produce a feature film about the rollercoaster ride that was The Beatles’ Apple Corps, adapted from the book by Richard DiLello – THE LONGEST COCKTAIL PARTY.
This will be a film with humour and affection providing an insider’s look at what it meant to be a young man caught up in the wild swirl of the music business, celebrities and the tail end of the swinging sixties’ in London.
The Longest Cocktail Party:
In 1968 an office at number 3 Savile Row, London was the centre of the universe. It was from there that The Beatles ran Apple Corps – a multi-media corporation which they described at the official launch party as an attempt at “Western Communism”. Into this unique venture walked a 23 year old American student called Richard DiLello. He was hired by the Apple Press Officer, Derek Taylor. His official job title was House Hippie. For two amazing years, the House Hippie witnessed and participated in a series of extraordinary events that became the daily life of Apple. A riotously colourful cast of bizarre and eccentric staff and visitors swirled around the Apple offices in Savile Row, drawn like moths to the bright and inspiring flame of The Beatles. Apple signed a whole string of influential artists, including Badfinger, Mary Hopkin and James Taylor. Along with The Beatles themselves and many other bands, they rehearsed in the Apple Studios in the basement.
The Beatles’ final live performance was on the roof, on 30 January 1969. That rooftop concert provides the closing scenes for the documentary film Let It Be.
The two central characters of the film will be DiLello and Press Officer Derek Taylor, a journalist from Liverpool, who became very close to The Beatles over many years and took the American under his wing. The Beatles will be off-stage – voices in the background, on the end of phones. This is not an attempt to tell the story of The Beatles, but the story of Apple and the huge impact The Beatles had on the world around them. Today the passion for The Beatles’ music has never been stronger and new generations are still falling for and being inspired by their genius, just as Richard DiLello was more than 40 years ago.