UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a feature documentary from Eagle Rock Films which looks at the untold story of John Lennon’s 1971 album, Imagine.
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (1 x 90 minutes), set to air later this year, will use unseen archive and access to Lennon’s estate to spotlight the former Beatle and his wife, visual and recording artist Yoko Ono, against the backdrop of the recording of Imagine nearly 50 years ago.
The film will feature interviews with those who were closest to the couple during that period, including photographer David Bailey who captured the couple in a 1971 photograph that ended up on the cover of Vogue; gallery owner John Dunbar, who set up Ono’s first show and introduced the couple; and studio designer Eddie Veale, who built Ascot Sounds at Tittenhurst, in addition to several musical collaborators who played on the album. John’s eldest son, Julian, will also be part of the film.
The doc, to be helmed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Michael Epstein, will also include never before heard audio archive such as the first demo of Imagine, unheard audio interviews with Lennon and verité film of the couple working together in the studio.
The feature-length doc will explore the creative journeys Lennon and Ono took—both independently and together—in order to arrive at Imagine, as well as their paths to the feature-length music film Imagine and Yoko’s solo album Fly.
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for music & formats at Channel 4. Executive producers are Terry Shand and Geoff Kempin.