THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY
MIDAS MAN will be the definitive telling of a life story. The first, last and most respectful filmic portrait ever painted of Brian Epstein. And one which helps him achieve something he dreamed of in life, but never achieved: to become a star of the silver screen.
It is simply a fantastic human story, worth telling, of a remarkable man whose life’s work was to make others more remarkable. He is not a footnote of the cultural revolution of the Sixties. He was its foot soldier, its pathfinder.
Because outside the spotlight history shines on the great artist, there are less celebrated figures with humbler roles; those who pushed and smoothed and hustled and harried to create that moment in the light.
Brian’s story, beyond the spotlight, beside the stage, is in fact an essay in empowerment. He is Theo Van Gogh, he is Nora Barnacle, and his is the story of a talent on a more relatable scale – to encourage, enable and organise. Brian is a hero/icon of those who serve creativity and culture, not one of the Olympians who make it.
His story adds depth and dimension to the explosion of rock and roll and many artists other than The Beatles, deepening and enriching the cultural heft of this shared inheritance by creating a new way of seeing the Sixties and the impact that Liverpool had on the world, through his bands, artists and their music.
From an original story, MIDAS MAN charts the life of a man who struggled to find his place in the world.
Brian Epstein is recognised today as a man who helped create the blueprint for music artist management, but he was so much more than that. Born into an established Jewish family in Liverpool, his early life was peppered with exclusion from school, dismissal from the army, failed attempts at acting and employment. Against all odds, Brian Epstein discovered he had an incredible talent for forecasting hit songs that no one else could spot.
He started his managerial career in January 1962 by signing the biggest band of all time, The Beatles. He then went on to discover Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer and many more. Epstein was also an exponent and promoter of other legends that he didn’t manage. Bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum and Cream, all played at The Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue which Brian Epstein leased in 1965.
The film charts Brian’s life from his formative years to his unheralded success as a manager and the ensuing chaos as he managed and promoted some of the biggest acts in the world. The film explores the close relationship with his friends and family, bringing to life an extraordinary period of cultural change adding depth to this untold story of one of the world’s most significant outsiders.
The Epstein project has brought together a unique collection of talent and experience in film
making, storytelling and modern communications which will produce and market the film.
Iain was named as TV Music Supervisor of the Year at both the 2014 & 2016 Music Week Sync Awards.
Recent credits include ‘The Night Manager’ for BBC1 starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie & Olivia Colman, ‘Wanderlust’ for BBC & Netflix starring Toni Collette and Asif Kapadia’s ‘Maradona’, a documentary feature on Diego Maradona.
StudioPOW is a production company who develop and produce distinct and identifiable independent feature films and television with international appeal. Their entire back catalogue has been financed though private investment.
FUNNY COW, shot in January 2017, was selected for the London Film Festival where it received its World Premiere. eOne released FUNNY COW in cinemas nationwide on April 20th 2018. Richard Hawley’s stunning soundtrack to the film was released on April 21st 2018. Australia, New Zealand and Canadian theatrical release followed and to date it has played at the Galway, Dinard, Chicago, Nimes, San Francisco and Vancouver Film Festivals.
CORDELIA, produced in association with Twickenham Studios, is now complete along with THE BOOKSHOP.
Trevor Beattie Films was formed by ex-advertising executives Trevor Beattie and Jeremy Chatterton, to bring their craft discipline and decades of experience in commercial short form film making onto the big screen. It is a career cross-over which began with Beattie’s involvement in the production of Duncan Jones’ BAFTA winning sci-fi cult classic MOON in 2008. This continued with a role as Executive Producer on Jones’ follow-up MUTE.
Beattie also worked on the production and marketing of David Fairhead and Ant Palmer’s feature documentary SPITFIRE in 2018.
Beattie and Chatterton teamed up with Jacqui & David Morris to produce the acclaimed NUREYEV and the (2016 Grierson winning) documentary on the Thalidomide tragedy, ATTACKING THE DEVIL.
TBFilms work uniquely through all aspects of the film making process, from investment through production and potential brand involvement, to the marketing and PR of movies to at-home and cinema audiences.
MIDAS MAN is TBFilms first collaborative project with StudioPOW in what will be a multi-title venture.
With over 100 years’ experience, Twickenham Studios is one of the leading UK studios offering both production and post-production services.
The studio offers three stages, production offices, art departments, prop and costume stores. The Post Production department offers state of the art dubbing theatres and grading theatres for film and television.
Twickenham Studios have worked on some of cinemas most iconic movies from THE ITALIAN JOB to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and some of the biggest recent TV productions such as BLACK MIRROR, McMAFIA and THE DURRELLS.
Worldwide sales, co-ordinated by Executive Producer Peter Dunne, will be managed directly by Mister Smith Entertainment.
Mister Smith Entertainment’s founder David Garrett, who had previously been a founding partner in Summit Entertainment before selling it to Lionsgate in 2012, will spearhead the sales campaign.
David is one of the most successful sales agents in the industry and has been responsible for a host of hugely successful films including THE BFG, THE POST, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, MR. & MRS. SMITH, AMERICAN PIE and the multi-billion dollar TWILIGHT saga films.