This rarest footage of The Beatles, which has first emerged in Australia, was released by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
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The 49-second silent clip features the iconic four. It was taken by Australian dancer and makeup artist Dawn Swane in 1965before their performance in a TV show titled “The Music of Lennon and McCartney.” Shot in England, the video kicks off showing Paul McCartney doing his makeup, followed by Lennon, Ringo Starr and Harrison.
The iconic four are seen to be having fun by making funny faces while they get ready for their show. The video was donated by Swane’s daughter Melinda to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. ‘I was in the makeup room. And so we were having some champagne and so we started to, well we were all drinking some champagne,” said Swane, who was working at Granada TV in Manchester then.
“We don’t have anything as significantly rare in the collection in terms of a home movie,” said NFSA assistant film curator Tara Marynowsky as quoted ABC. “(To have) something so high-profile is just quite incredible to have, especially when our client Dawn Swane held on to it for quite some time. Years and years later, we get to uncover this and make that available to audiences… it’s really, really rare actually,” he adds.
Swane, who is 83 now, has also kept the original call sheet for the television programme the performers were preparing for, The Music of Lennon & McCartney, which has autographs of all four Beatles as well as legendary American composer Henry Mancini.