(London) Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency, today announces it has secured the rights to globally distribute a new documentary film that recounts the tumultuous final year of John Lennon’s life, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the iconic musician’s death.
Produced by US-based Reda Films in collaboration with UK independent production company History Television International, ‘John Lennon – The Final Year’ (1 x 60’) will take an intimate look at the former Beatles musician’s final year, which saw him emerge from virtual retirement to renewed artistic success.
Using never-before seen archive material and exclusive interviews with those who spent time with Lennon throughout 1980, this revealing documentary recounts the often-unsettling moments of the musician’s life.
From house husband to hell raiser and from reclusive to musical genius ‘John Lennon – The Final Year’ will explore the twelve months that also saw his musical rebirth with the ‘Double Fantasy’ album and culminated in his tragic death outside his New York City apartment on December 8th, 1980.
Drive is currently securing coproduction financing for ‘John Lennon – The Final Year’ and will debut the film to international broadcast partners at Realscreen 2020, in a year that would have seen Lennon reach his 80th birthday.
Lilla Hurst, Drive co-MD, said: “This ground-breaking film gives exclusive access to people who were part of John Lennon’s life during his final year and sheds light on a part of his life that hasn’t been previously revealed. We were fascinated by this story as soon as it was brought to us and we look forward to launching the film to the content industry.”
Mark L. Reda, of Reda Films, said: “You think you know the story of John Lennon, but this is the remarkable true story of the final year of the Beatle legend.”
Executive Producers for Reda Films are Scott L. Reda and Mark L. Reda. Producer is Ken Womack, whose book ‘John Lennon 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John’ will be published on Lennon’s birthday, October 9th 2020.
Since its launch by co-founders Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett seven years ago, Drive has become a leader in securing sales, funding and providing consultancy for a portfolio of production company clients including Oxford Films, October Films, Blink, yap films, Raw TV, Back2Back Productions and Lightbox.