A previously unheard John Lennon interview gets a starring role. In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, managed to talk his way into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convince him to do an interview.
This interview itself is wonderfully inspiring when you consider today’s celebrity entourages and the fact the interview took place in Lennon's hotel room without the usual fruitbowl, flowers and Evian on stand-by. The recording took place in the midst of Lennon's "bed-in" phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace.
Fast-forward thirty-eight years and Jerry has produced a film about his scoop. Using the original interview recording as its foundations, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative that captures Lennon’s every word with spell binding animation. Raskin combines traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite with digital illustration from Alex Kurina, resulting in a compelling outlet for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless messages.
It’s astounding the Lennon sound bites that have been re-discovered and will no doubt be popping up on t-shirts around the world very soon. Opinions such as “...there are many ways to get peace, you can piss for peace, smile for peace, go to school, don’t go to school for peace…” and “We’re all violent inside, we need to work on the good part inside” are both powerful and passionate and despite the fact the interview is almost forty years old, the subject matter is as relevant to today’s world as back then.
The film has won a slew of awards but perhaps the most positive message to come out of this wonderful short is the directors’ dedication - if you are determined to do something thirty-eight years it seems is not a long time to wait.
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Source & Photo Credit: Jerry Levitan