Stage play 'Lennon vs. McCartney' made into a film, will debut in Dublin
John Lennon Examiner
May 29, 2015
'Lennon Vs. McCartney' will debut as a film in Dublin next Tuesday at Lighthouse Cinemas.
Used with permission by Stephen Kennedy
The stage play by Stephen Kennedy called “Lennon Vs. McCartney” has now been made into a short film by Eddie Jackson. It will have its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland next Tuesday, June 2, 2015. There is no admission charge for the entertaining 15-minute film, which will debut at Lighthouse Cinema.
The film is based on the stage play “Lennon vs. McCartney.” The play was written as a humorous but educational conversation between two Irish guys in a pub about who was the better Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney. Deeply devoted Beatles fans with strong opinions find the concept not only familiar but comedic and engaging. Playwright Stephen Kennedy said, “It is loosely based on a number of pub conversations that I had with some of my friends about Lennon and McCartney. The play did really well from the start, and we got invited to perform it at Beatle festivals in Europe.” The play was performed a number of times on the main stage of the Adelphi in Liverpool at International Beatles Week in Liverpool
Seamus Brennan and Rúaidhrí Conroy star as the two fans conversing about Lennon and McCartney in an Irish pub. It was filmed in Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield, Dublin. Brennan has acted in several other plays including “Christ Deliver Us” at the prestigious Abbey Theatre. Conroy was the main star in the Oscar winning film Six Shooter, by Martin McDonagh, and also won the Theatre World Award for the title role in the play “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” (also by McDonagh)
The world premiere of the film “Lennon vs. McCartney’ will be at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin next Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:30 p.m. This is a free, 15-minute film. Beverages including beer and coffee will be available.
Lennon vs McCartney
We hope to answer the age old debate. Coming off the back of a fabulous play. We are now taking it from stage to screen with a little help from our friends.
Eddie Jackson (Director) Séamus Brennan (Producer/Actor)
What we are trying to achieve is to take the stage production of Stephen Kennedys play Lennon VS McCartney to the screen. After seeing Séamus perform the play to great success Eddie felt there was a wider audience for this project and wanted to push forward and turn it into a screen play. Eddie approached Séamus after seeing his performance during the Dublin Beatles festival to see what we would need to do to turn it into a short film.
This is Eddies directorial debut after writing and producing two successful short films Eddie has assembled a fantastic crew and cast to work with. What we do need however to have this film fully reach its potential is your help. To help we are asking to give what ever you can. Taking the film from stage to screen we need to add many elements to the script. We are aiming for a visually stimulating film along with many aspects that do need the necessary equipment.
What your contribution will go towards
Your contributing will go towards all the elements we need to complete this film successfully. These will include the renting of Lights, cameras, lens', sound and other equipment. Also if our goal is achieved it will also go towards the entering of many festivals around the country and hopefully abroad.
Eddie Jackson - Director
Séamus Brennan - Producer
Bart Chowanski - DOP
Stuart Duff - Camera Operator
Ali Doyle - A.D.
Enda Roche - Sound
Emma Keane - Assistant Camera Operator
Tommy: Seamus Brennan
Brian: Steve Gunn
Based on the play by Stephen Kennedy
Art work on promo video Kevin Bohan
Beatles Artwork by Gerogina Flood All rights reserved.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
We will need you to spread the work and campaign on Facebook. Drop us a personal message if you would like to help in anyway and of course, listen to the Beatles.
And that’s all there is to it.