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Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road Studios doc with Mercury Studios

Celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney is to direct a feature-length documentary about the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in partnership with Mercury Studios, the nascent music-first content studio from Universal ...
January 12, 2021

Celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney is to direct a feature-length documentary about the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in partnership with Mercury Studios, the nascent music-first content studio from Universal Music Group.

Titled If These Walls Could Sing, the project will form the centrepiece of the legendary Abbey Road Studios’ 90th anniversary, whose most notable client was the Beatles.

The film will tell an abundance of stories featuring an “all-star cast of interviews,” as well as exclusive access to the studio itself, including the Studio Two room that was prominently used by the Beatles in the creation of their seminal Abbey Road album.

The feature doc will be produced by Academy Award, BAFTA and Emmy Award-winner John Battsek following a newly penned development deal between Mercury Studios and Battsek’s Ventureland.  

“Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road,” said McCartney (pictured), daughter of musician Paul McCartney, in a statement. “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.” 

Battsek’s past documentary credits include One Day in September, Searching for Sugar Man, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. 

If These Walls Could Sing is executive produced by Universal Music UK’s Marc Robinson and Mercury Studios CEO Alice Webb. The pair will also oversee the project’s development.

The project will mark the first time Abbey Road Studios has opened its doors to a feature film.

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

Photo courtesy Grace Guppy

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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