US Premiere of 1968 UK Cult Classic ALL MY LOVING
Acclaimed British director Tony Palmer's early masterpiece documenting music and its effect on pop culture in the late '60s
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
Wednesday August 1, 2007 - 7:30pm
as part of closing night at the Mods and Rockers Film Festival
Q&A with Tony Palmer following the screening of All My Loving
"This is just great; absolutely what we meant." - Paul McCartney
As legend has it, in late '60s, Tony Palmer - filmmaker for the BBC and a close acquaintance of the Beatles - was challenged by John Lennon to make a film about the rise of new musicians. They convinced him that he had a unique opportunity to document and broadcast a burgeoning music scene to the general public. The result is All My Loving.
The Mods and Rockers Film Festival closes on Wednesday August 1 at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre with the American Premiere of All My Loving a celebrated 1968 film - never screened in the US - by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer featuring exclusive footage he shot of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, Donovan, Eric Burdon and Frank Zappa. The film was made at the personal behest of John Lennon and Paul McCartney who encouraged Palmer (then a 25-year-old protégé of Ken Russell) to document the emerging rock artists of 1967 and 1968. The film - which intercut some of the rock performances with footage of WW II and the Vietnam War - was considered incendiary and was never shown in the US.
There will be a Q&A with Tony Palmer immediately following the conclusion of All My Loving. He is flying in from the UK especially for the evening - which will also include two of his other rock films - the celebrated "Cream Farewell Concert" and "Ginger Baker In Africa."
"Working so closely with Hendrix, Cream, The Who & Frank Zappa, all of whom had been denied an airing on television until I came along, was a revelation - first for me, but more importantly for the mass television public for whom 'pop music' was just bubblegum and not to be taken seriously. Suddenly, the mass public was forced to rethink its prejudices, because here was a group of musicians whose musical skill was undeniable, and whose 'message' simply could not be ignored". - Tony Palmer
Tony Palmer is one of the leading directors of music documentaries and historical drama films in the world. His vast filmography of over one hundred films ranges from early works with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to the famous portraits with and about Walton, Britten, Stravinsky, Maria Callas, John Osborne, Margot Fonteyn and Menuhin. He has collected over 40 international prizes for his work including 12 Gold Medals at the New York Film & Television Festival, as well as numerous BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television) and EMMY nominations and awards. He is also the only person to have won television's most coveted award, the Prix Italia, twice. Palmer achieved notoriety with this his first major film, All My Loving.
"It was John Lennon's idea - the film. He said to me: 'you've got to do something to get these guys exposure on television. They're hammering at the door, except that the guys on the inside are deaf, and probably dumb & blind as well.' So I did, and All My Loving was the result. Even using the title was his suggestion. It caused a hell of a stir, but then I suspect he knew it would." - Tony Palmer
"I have no doubt that wherever it is shown the film will win professional acclaim. Remarkable for its virtuosity, its impact is inescapable. No wonder it has been the subject of passionate argument in the corridors of the BBC for months."
- Stuart Hood, former Controller of Programmes, BBC TELEVISION
"With hideous, clamorous force, Tony Palmer's film about the pop world burst out of the TV screen last night - a disturbing piece of television...which no parent could afford to miss. It was certainly not a film which will die, a psychedelic experience which 10 years from now will be the definitive document of its time. How often does TV really make you sit on the edge of your chair?"
- James Thomas, DAILY EXPRESS
"...Magnificent - honest, accurate, unbiased and totally frank. As a comment on today, it was horrific and powerful, and as a protest it was stunning. 'All My Loving' showed us all the horror of war." - Vicki Wickham, DISC & MUSIC ECHO