Abbey Road Studios Documentary Coming From Mary McCartney

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Director Mary McCartney outside the world-famous studios

Abbey Road Studios will be the subject of a new documentary, directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney. The 51-year-old photographer is the daughter of Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney. The feature length film, If These Walls Could Sing, is described in the January 12, 2021, announcement as “the untold story of the world-famous” London studios.

It comes from Mercury Studios, the music-first content studio from Universal Music Group, and will be produced by Academy Award®, BAFTA and Prime Time Emmy Award-winner John Battsek (Searching For Sugar Man). Development of the documentary has been overseen and will be executive produced by Universal Music UK’s Marc Robinson and Mercury Studios CEO Alice Webb.

A trailer has not yet been made available, nor has a release date been disclosed.

Abbey Road Studios opened its doors in 1931 in London’s affluent St. John’s Wood neighborhood.

Mary McCartney brings a unique and personal perspective on the history of Abbey Road. She says, “Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road. I’ve long wanted to tell the story of this historic place and I couldn’t be collaborating with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality.”

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, said, “If these walls could sing. I have lost count how many times I’ve heard that said at Abbey Road Studios over the years. I can’t wait for some of these stories to finally come to life in what will become a timeless documentary.”

From the announcement: If These Walls Could Sing marks the first time Abbey Road has opened its doors to a feature length documentary and will be the centerpiece of the legendary recording studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations which begin in November. It will tell countless stories featuring an all-star cast of interviews, unparalleled access to the studios and, of course, a spellbinding soundtrack.

Related: The Beatles’ 1969 recording sessions are the subject of another 2021 documentary

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  1. Don
    #1 Don 15 January, 2021, 21:39

    I would like to have a complete diagram of the complete building : all levels (floors) and all rooms on each level with each room identified as to its name and purpose and at least some idea of the equipment used in those rooms thru out the years.

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