Disney Partners with Mercury Studios & Ventureland for Abbey Road Studios Documentary
If these walls could sing premieres at the Telluride Film Festival
Disney Original Documentary has announced its partnership with Mercury Studios and Ventureland for the worldwide streaming release of If these walls could sing, the intimate and revealing feature-length documentary debut from director Mary McCartney. The film, which will have its world premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, was produced by Oscar-winning film producer John Battsek. one day in september and In search of sugar man, Sarah Thomson and Miles Coleman, under the production company Ventureland. Executive producers are Alice Webb and Marc Robinson of Mercury Studios and Kerstin Emhoff and Ali Brown of Ventureland.
If these walls could sing sees Abbey Road Studios open for the first time, as director Mary McCartney guides audiences through her home away from home, weaving personal stories with archival footage and recordings into an intimate and emotional story from the most famous studio in the world. Through exclusive interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, John Williams, Celeste and Kate Bush, among others, audiences will get a front-row seat to nine decades of memories that tell the stories of some of the studio’s most iconic recordings and the people who made them.
“We are thrilled to present Mary McCartney’s incredibly personal feature-length documentary debut, a compelling story behind generations of music derived from legendary Abbey Road Studios,” said Marjon Javadi, vice president of Disney Original Documentary for Disney Branded Television. “Given her long-standing connection to space, we are delighted that audiences around the world will come and explore Abbey Road Studios through Mary’s eyes and discover new sides to the world’s most iconic music studio. “
From early British rock ‘n’ roll records that inspired a generation, to a band that came to Abbey Road from Liverpool and set the world on fire, Abbey Road is home to recordings that changed the world. The Beatles learned to be in Abbey Road. Their evolution is at the heart of the film, charting how the band and studios grew together, rewrote the rules of songwriting, and transformed pop music forever. Pink Floyd entered the space forged by the Beatles. Interviews with Roger Waters and David Gilmour trace the band’s creative process and journey to one of the world’s most innovative and successful records, The dark side of the moon.
“Making this documentary was an incredible opportunity to learn more about a place I grew up for and have a great deal of affection for,” shares director Mary McCartney. “Showcasing and celebrating the place, the music and the talent that made the studio what it is, through their creativity and innovation, was an honor. I am delighted to partner with Disney Original Documentary, so that we can invite the public to Abbey Road, to experience the magic that has been created in its studios over the past 90 years.
From classical to pop, from film music to hip hop, If these walls could sing explores the breadth, diversity and ingenuity of Abbey Road Studios. Intimate interviews with top artists, producers and composers, coupled with vivid archival footage and session tapes, provide exclusive access to these famous private studios. From Elton John to Jacqueline Du Pre via Jimmy Page, from Kate Bush to Paul McCartney via Celeste, all have found their musical language in Abbey Road studios. Audiences will experience the creative magic that makes it a revered and sacred space that still produces many of the most recognized records today and makes Abbey Road the most famous and oldest studio in the world.
The film will make its world premiere at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival and will continue to hit the festival circuit until its world premiere on Disney+ at a later date.
“The Abbey Road Studios story is something we’ve always wanted to share with the world,” adds Marc Robinson, co-president of Mercury Studios. “The feeling you get when you walk through the doors is magical, and we knew we had to find a way to not only share that feeling with the audience, but also celebrate the rich, storied history of the studio. Together with Mary, we have found the perfect storyteller – someone who brings an unparalleled perspective with her incredible creative lens. Along with our partners at Disney and Ventureland, we can’t wait for audiences to experience the intimacy of Mary’s cinema and the magic of Abbey Road.
Mary McCartney is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker based in London. His photographic work has focused on uncovering those rare moments of unsupervised, emotionally charged intimacy that offer us new insight into the subject. In addition to her photography, Mary Executive produces and presents the Emmy-nominated cooking show Mary McCartney serves it (2020-22) for Discovery+.
Mary McCartney directs. John Battsek produced the film under his company Ventureland, alongside Sarah Thomson and Miles Coleman. Alice Webb and Marc Robinson of Mercury Studios are executive producers. Ventureland’s Kerstin Emhoff and Ali Brown are also executive producers. Marjon Javadi is Vice President of Originals for Documentaries and Docuseries for Disney Branded Television/Disney Original Documentary.
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