|Release Date: ||02 April 2007|
This compelling 2005 documentary reveals the mystique surrounding the Beatles' original bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, who left the band to pursue his art career but died tragically at the age of 21. Sutcliffe met John Lennon at art college in 1959 and they developed a kindred connection, with Lennon persuading Sutcliffe to buy a bass guitar and join his band, along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best. Before long they won a contract to play seedy clubs in Hamburg, and a legend was born.
With the band on the brink of success, Sutcliffe left the group to concentrate on his first love, art, and his new love, German photographer Astrid Kirchherr. But Stuart's health soon began to decline and in April 1962 he suffered a seizure and slipped into a coma, cutting short the life of a highly promising young artist. In the film, Pauline Sutcliffe controversially claims that a beating her brother took from Lennon in Hamburg ultimately caused his death.
Told via interviews with Astrid Kirchherr, early Beatles manager Allan Williams, Stuart's sister Pauline Sutcliffe, and Rod Murray, flatmate to Sutcliffe and Lennon, this riveting portrayal of the Lost Beatle includes a gallery of Sutcliffe's early and late paintings.