At the Cannes Film Festival today (Friday 14th May 2010) Liam will officially unveil his first motion picture project, The Longest Cocktail Party.
Based on the book of the same name, a word-of-mouth smash by Sixties face Richard DiLello, it’s a film about the Beatles – but like none you’ve ever seen before.
DeLillo worked for Apple Corps, the Fab Four’s corporation that they described as "an attempt at ‘Western Communism'."
Apple Corps encompassed fashion labels, movie producers and the band’s indie record label Apple. The label signed innovative acts like Jazz legend James Taylor and quietly subversive folk musician Mary Hopkin. Based at Number Three Savile Row, Apple Corps quickly became a chaotic clubhouse for some of Swinging London’s most infamous figures.
A young American backpacker, DeLillo was employed (sort of) as the Apple Corps’ ‘House Hippy’. While his job description involved little more than skinning up, he also played muse and assistant to Apple Press Officer Derek Taylor. It was a position from which DeLillo witnessed some of the most pivotal moments of late 60s counter-culture. The Beatles themselves appear only as semi-mythical figures – The Longest Cocktail Party is more the story of the enormous impact the band had on the world around them rather than a biopic of John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves.
The Longest Cocktail Party has been called ‘the only book about the Beatles that’ll make you laugh’. Peppered with the hilarious and poignant details that a writer only gets from really being there, it’s Let It Be meets The Thick of It.
The film is currently set to go into production in early 2011.
Liam is pictured top right wearing the Purple Monkey Jacket.
More images from Cannes to follow...
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