How Lennon helped me make film by Harrogate Film Festival star

The poster for Tony Palmer's classic film Leonard Cohen - Bird On A Wire.The poster for Tony Palmer's classic film Leonard Cohen - Bird On A Wire.
The poster for Tony Palmer's classic film Leonard Cohen - Bird On A Wire.
An award-winning titan of British filmmaking who has worked with everyone from Leonard Cohen and The Who to Richard Burton and Ben Kingsley is making an exclusive visit to Harrogate next week for Harrogate Film Festival.

Although best known for his documentaries on The Beatles, Cream and Jimi Hendrix, Tony Palmer has won as many awards for his films on classical music, sometimes with famous actors portraying the likes of Wagner or Shostakovich.

BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Palmer, 77, first made his name with the ground-breaking rock music documentary All My Loving, a film suggested by The Beatles’ John Lennon who gave Palmer all his star contacts.

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As well as a Q&A with the Harrogate Advertiser’s Graham Chalmers, there will be a rare screening of Palmer’s brilliant film about The Beatles which featured in his acclaimed 17-part TV series All You Need Is Love.

Co-organised with Harrogate Film Society and RedHouse Originals gallery, there will also be clips from Cream Farewell Concert 1968.

News that he was coming to Harrogate exclusively for an Q&A and film screening of rare Beatles and Cream footage meant his appearance at RedHouse Originals gallery sold out of all its tickets.

As a result, the event has moved to a bigger venue on Thursday, March 12.

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It will now take place at The Clubhouse at Cold Bath Brewing Co on Kings Road.

Among more than 45 international prizes for his work are 14 gold medals at the New York Film & Television Festival and awards from the Jerusalem, San Francisco, São Paolo, Chicago, Sofia, Cuenca and London Film Festivals, as well as numerous BAFTAs and Emmys.

The Harrogate Film Festival event is being supported by The White Hart, a four-star hotel in the centre of Harrogate’s stylish Montpellier Quarter boasting more than 90 modern bedrooms and a restaurant with two AA Rosettes five minutes’ walk from the Valley Gardens, Bettys Tea Room and Harrogate Convention Centre.

Rock goes to the Movies with Tony Palmer (interviewed by Graham Chalmers) in conjunction with Harrogate Film Society.

Harrogate Film Festival

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7pm.

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The Clubhouse, Cold Bath Brewing Co, 44 Kings Road, Harrogate.

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Tickets available from, in person at Harrogate Theatre Box Office or by calling 01423 502 116.

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