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If These Walls Could Sing: In Person Screening and Q&A with Mary McCartney

WFTV members are invited to this special screening of If These Walls Could Sing, directed by acclaimed photographer and director Mary McCartney. Prior to the screening, there will be an intro and conversation with director Mary McCartney, executive producer Alice Webb and producer Sarah Thomson.

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If These Walls Could Sing: In Person Screening and Q&A with Mary McCartney
If These Walls Could Sing: In Person Screening and Q&A with Mary McCartney

Time & Location

25 Apr 2023, 17:30 – 20:30 BST

London, Central London Venue

About the Event

WFTV members are invited to this special screening of If These Walls Could Sing, directed by acclaimed photographer and director Mary McCartney. Prior to the screening, there will be an intro and conversation with director Mary McCartney, executive producer Alice Webb and producer Sarah Thomson.

If These Walls Could Sing, a Disney Original Documentary, gives exclusive access to the most famous and longest-running studio in the world, Abbey Road Studios. In this personal film of memory and discovery, director Mary McCartney guides us through nine decades to tell the stories of some of the studio’s most iconic recordings — and the people who made them happen.

This event is in partnership with Mercury Studios, Ventureland and Everyman.

Tuesday 25th April, 17:30

Everyman Kings Cross, 14-18 Handyside St, London N1C 4DN (nearest tube: Kings Cross / St Pancras)

Event Schedule:

5:30pm – Arrival F&B reception with photo booth

6:15pm – Enter Screen

6:30pm – Live Intro + Q&A with director Mary McCartney, executive producer Alice Webb and producer Sarah Thomson. Moderated by WFTV CEO Katie Bailiff.

7:00pm – Film Starts

8:30pm – Film Ends/ Events Ends

Synopsis

For more than 90 years, Abbey Road Studios has been at the heart of the music industry. Fans journey every year to have their photo taken at the world-famous zebra crossing, and artists strive to follow in the footsteps of their heroes. In this personal film of memory and discovery, Mary McCartney guides us through nine decades to see and experience the creative magic that makes it the most famous and longest-running studio in the world. From classical to pop, film scores to hip-hop, Disney Original Documentary’s If These Walls Could Sing explores the breadth, diversity and ingenuity of Abbey Road Studios. Intimate interviews reveal how leading artists, producers, composers and the dedicated engineers and staff of Abbey Road all found their musical language and community, while vivid archive footage and session tapes give exclusive access to these famously private studios. Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Liam Gallagher, John Williams, Celeste and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, among others.

Mary McCartney, Director

Mary McCartney is an acclaimed photographer and director based in London. Mary’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight into the subject. Her work has concentrated on the world of portrait and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between Mary and her subjects. Mary’s exhibitions and publishing include Off Pointe (2004), an in-depth photographic study of the Royal Ballet after hours, shown at The Royal Opera House and the V&A, London; British Style Observed (2008), shown at the National History Museum, London; From Where I Stand (2010), shown at the National Portrait Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London; Mother Daughter (2015), shown at the Gagosian Gallery, New York; and Moments of Affection (2022), shown at Chateau La Coste, France. Mary executive produces and presents the Emmy® Award-nominated cooking show Mary McCartney Serves It Up (2020-22) for Discovery+. Mary took a subject and place she knows well and is personal to her for her first feature-length documentary. If These Walls Could Sing sees Mary use her skills of portraiture to gather personal stories on film and her creative eye to visually weave them together with archive imagery and recordings into an intimate, emotional and accessible history of Abbey Road Studios

Alice Webb, Executive Producer 

As CEO and co-president of Mercury Studios, Alice Webb brings an extraordinary track record for innovation, collaboration and creativity to one of the world’s greatest catalogs of music history. Working with filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Stanley Nelson and Mary McCartney, and artists such as The Rolling Stones, Eminem, Shania Twain and Yungblud, Mercury is a premium studio for music-based storytelling. Alice’s media career is founded on 15 years at the BBC, where she led over 35,000 hours of output across TV, Radio and online, covering Education, BBC Children’s, Sport, Radio and more. Her central role in reorganizing the BBC for the modern age, including pioneering initiatives in the digital space, gives her unprecedented insight as she positions Mercury Studios as a world-class incubator for nurturing and delivering high-quality, dynamic and relevant storytelling.

Sarah Thomson, Producer

About Mercury Studios

Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio originating, producing, selling, distributing, and investing in scripted, unscripted, and live content. Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content.

Current and recent projects include If These Walls Could Sing, the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney for Disney+; This Town, a six-part series for the BBC from writer, creator and executive producer Steven Knight; Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, a feature documentary from Oscar-winning director/producer Joseph Patel (Summer of Soul), adapted from Vikki Tobak’s best-selling book;  My Life as a Rolling Stone, a four-part docuseries of intimate portraits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts; Shania Twain:  Not Just a Girl, a career documentary about the superstar that is available on Netflix; and Mars, a short film based on an original universe and characters created by Yungblud, starring Yasmin Finney, that premiered at the London Film Festival.

Mercury Studios’ Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool was recently honored with two Emmys for Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary and Outstanding Sound. ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas also received a 2021 Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Film. The feature documentaries are part of the Mercury Studios library, consisting of over 5,000 hours of programming.

About Ventureland

Ventureland is an independent creative studio that specializes in developing original entertainment properties that spans traditional and emerging media platforms, including theatrical, streaming, podcasts, and more.

Founded by Academy Award-winning producer John Battsek (One Day in September, Searching for Sugar Man) and Prettybird partners Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown, and Paul Hunter, Ventureland works with the most exciting and innovative creatives in the industry to produce award-winning films and series, including PGA and BAFTA nominated The Rescue (Nat Geo Doc Films); double Emmy Award-winning Rising Phoenix (Netflix); Critics Choice nominee The Real Charlie Chaplin (Showtime); TIFF-selected Werner Herzog documentary Theater of Thought; and Mary McCartney’s documentary on Abbey Road Studios, If These Walls Could Sing (Disney+).

Additional credits include Laura McGann’s The Deepest Breath (A24), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2023); Bobi Wine: The People’s President (National Geographic Documentary Films), which premiered at Venice International Film Festival (2023); and Boom! Boom! The World vs Boris Becker, Alex Gibney’s portrait of the former tennis legend which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (2023) and will be released on Apple TV+ on April 7th.

About Everyman

Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to its venues, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat. There are currently 38 Everyman cinemas across the UK. Created to deliver a warm and friendly atmosphere, each venue has a unique interior with plush velvet sofas and armchairs for ultimate comfort. Every screen also presents state of the art technology for high quality viewings of a variety of blockbuster films, documentaries and live screenings.

This event is for existing WFTV members only.

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