Eagle Rock Entertainment in association with Channel 4 present the untold story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s unique relationship and artistic journey that culminated in the iconic Imagine album. This new documentary film, available for television broadcast from late 2018, will explore the creative and personal collaboration that defined a movement and marked an era.
John & Yoko: ABOVE US ONLY SKY (1X90’) is a powerful story and compelling new commentary that explores the creative journeys John and Yoko took—both independently and together—to arrive at Imagine, as well as their paths to the innovative music film Imagine and Yoko’s lesser-known but extraordinary album Fly. By excerpting lyrics, previously unreleased recordings and unseen film as well as both archive and new interviews, the film lays bare childhoods scarred by inequality, racism, exploitation and the immemorial horrors of war—and later redeemed by love and art.
In an exclusive interview for the film, Yoko tells us, “I feel in the big picture the fact that John and I met was to do this song.” As well as Yoko herself, the 90 minute film will feature interviews with those closest to the couple during that period including photographer David Bailey who famously captured the couple in a 1971 photograph that ended up on the cover of Vogue, gallerist John Dunbar who set up Yoko’s first show and introduced the couple and pioneering studio designer Eddie Veale who built Ascot Sounds at Tittenhurst and engineered Imagine in addition to several musical collaborators who played on the album. These influential figures provide open and unprecedented insight to the Imagine narrative, as does previously-unseen footage, photographs and audio recordings.
In John’s words can be found the central mission of ABOVE US ONLY SKY: to dig past the sweet exterior of Imagine, and in the process reclaim both song’s radical vision and its fierce relevancy for a new generation.
Director, Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated, Michael Epstein (LennoNYC, American Masters) says: “The message of Imagine is just as powerful today as it was when John and Yoko wrote it nearly fifty years ago. I look at the world see it overcome with hate and engaged in wars seemingly without end, and I truly miss John’s voice. We need him now more than ever. And that is what we hope to do with Above Us Only Sky: show how John and Yoko’s message of peace and love still matters."
Jonny Rothery, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Music & Formats said: “We are thrilled to have commissioned this remarkably personal documentary and delighted to be working alongside Yoko Ono and Eagle Rock to deliver an amazingly engaging piece of television.”
Terry Shand, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Rock Entertainment added, “With exclusive access to the extensive Lennon video, audio and photo archive, including much previously unseen material as well as interviews with a wide range of people directly involved with the recording, this is an exciting opportunity to tell this story fully for the first time.”