It’s been over fifty years since the breakup of The Beatles. But even to this day, they continue to draw worldwide acclaim. The Beatles: Get Back, the Disney+ documentary series on the band, has officially walked away with five Emmy awards.
The Beatles: Get Back is a three-part documentary series that follows the band’s conception, creation, and development of their hit 1970 album “Let It Be”. Peter Jackson, the series director and producer, was awarded Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, which he shares with producers Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Clare Olssen, and Jonathan Clyde. Jackson had kind words to say to his fellow producers as he accepted the award in Los Angeles.
“I’d just like to thank everyone who worked on this film, especially our family back home and our second family in London at Apple Corps. This could not have been made without the unfailing support of Paul, Ringo, Olivia, Julian [Lennon], Yoko and Sean [Lennon] who were all always there with their support and love. Finally, a big shout out to The Beatles. Thank you so much for the over 60 years of your positive, exhuberant, joyous… Your music is so profound and I think it’s actually embedded in our DNA.”
Jackson was later awarded with the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program. The series also took home Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera), and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera). Get Back utilized mostly footage shot in 1969 for the 1970 film Let it Be. Footage that was utilized in Get Back went through intense restoration processes for both picture and sound. The process was perfected from the production of Jackson’s previous documentary, 2018’s They Shall Not Grow Old.
All Together Now!
“Let it Be” was a landmark in the life of The Beatles. The album was released in May 8th, 1970, almost a month after the break-up of the group. The Let It Be film was a documentary directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg originally conceived for television broadcast accompanied by a concert broadcast. But when the concert broadcast plans fell through, the film was pushed to a theatrical release instead. Jackson considers Get Back to be a “supplement” to the 1970 documentary, the director goes into detail with Deadline’s Contenders TV.
“I didn’t want to make the movie about the Beatles breaking up. It’s not a film about a band that’s breaking up — it’s about a band that’s trying not to break up.”
Ringo Starr, former Beatle, shared his own enthusiasm for the win on his Twitter account. The tweet can be viewed below, accompanied by his signature call for peace and love! Yoko Ono Lennon, John Lennon’s widow, also tweeted her own enthusiasm and congratulations for the crew.
With these wins, Jackson is officially halfway to an EGOT status. The director previously earned three Oscars for writing, directing, and producing 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The Beatles: Get Back is streaming on Disney+.