George Harrison's son thinks his dad would be 'very happy' with The Beatles new Get Back film

17 November 2021, 11:42 | Updated: 25 September 2023, 13:28

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By Mayer Nissim

Dhani Harrison was one of the invited guests at the premiere of Peter Jackson's new Get Back documentary.

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The Beatles long-awaited three-part Get Back docuseries is still a week and a half away, but a lucky invited audience got to see it last night (November 16) at its Cineworld Empire premiere in Leicester Square.

As well as Paul McCartney and Noel Gallagher, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison was there with his wife Mereki Beach.

Speaking at the event, Dhani told PA that he thought his dad would have been pleased with how The Beatles' relationship at the time was depicted in Peter Jackson's films, compared to the bickering of Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 1970 Let It Be documentary.

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"(My father) was always bummed out that this was portrayed in bad light and they were always a bit sad about it and that's why Peter has been given such a big crack at it," Dhani said.

“He's really delivered. Sure, there were arguments, but what you're going to see is way more of just a band squabbling, and it’s nice."

"[Get Back] creates a new dynamic, and anyone who gets to see the whole thing will see that the behaviour changes and they really come together.

"He'd be very happy to see what Peter came out with."

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For his part, Peter Jackson has suggested that Lindsay-Hogg's edit of his footage that made Let It Be – the same stash Jackson used to make his films – may have been influenced by The Beatles' bad-tempered split that happened later.

"He says he wasn't influenced by the breakup, but I’m not sure how you wouldn't be," Jackson said.

"Let It Be does appear to show the sort of atmosphere at the time that led to the breakup, which is actually just simply not true, because the film was shot 14 months prior to that and long before the breakup."

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Originally slated for a 2020 cinema release, The Beatles: Get Back will now air exclusively on Disney+ on November 25, 26, and 27, 2021.

Like The Beatles: Anthology series in the 1990s, the films have been accompanied by a hefty book, made up of transcripts of conversations and previously-unpublished photos, which was released last month.

The release of The Beatles: Get Back will apparently be followed by the long-teased re-release of a remastered version of the original Let It Be film.