The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels
Year:  2017
Running Time:  90 minutes
Country:  UK
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast:  The Beatles, Peter Coyote
Showtime:   Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 06:00 PM
Director:  Ben Lewis

  Advised by their accountant to form a new company to protect their assets, The Beatles created Apple Corps in 1968 and began investing in all manner of businesses to spread their countercultural ethos, from a fashion boutique and hairdressing salon to a film production company and a dubious tech startup. Featuring interviews with Apple Corps staffers, rare archival material, and creative animation, Ben Lewis’s entertaining film relives the carefree days of the colorful, often outlandish, company, and its role in the ultimate breakup of the band.

It's 1967 and the Beatles face a major problem: they are the most famous, commercially successful band ever, but their tax bills could bankrupt them. Their answer is to invest their money in a new company, Apple Corps. Today Apple Corps just runs the Beatles back catalog, but for five glorious years in the late sixties, it was one of the most colorful, outlandish and chaotic companies that ever existed. The Beatles set up a fashion shop, hair dressing salon, tech start-up (Apple before Apple), poetry division, film production department and of course their own record label.

The idea was to spread the values of the new Hippie movement around the world. But things will go wrong if you drop acid during office hours. In this unauthorized film, the true inside story behind Apple is told by the people who worked for the company, from record label executives and the Beatles personal assistants to the office boys and secretaries. Their inside stories are illustrated by never-before-seen archives of photographs taken in Apple's offices, plus specially-commissioned animation and rare archive footage.

What emerges is a comic cautionary tale about the peaks and pitfalls of Hippie-dom. The film is narrated by Peter Coyote, legendary counter-cultural activist, actor, and author, who visited Apple's offices with the Hells Angels in 1968 As Beatles longtime assistant Tony Bramwell says "How can you be a Hippie, when you are earning a million pounds a week?"

The Beatles, Hippies, and Hells Angels: Inside the Crazy World of Apple looks back at the history of The Beatles and their company Apple.

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