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THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY

SYNOPSIS

MIDAS MAN will be the definitive telling of an extraordinary life story. The first, last and most respectful cinematic 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.

His is a fantastic human story, of a remarkable man whose life’s work was simply to make others more remarkable. Brian lived beyond the spotlight, beside the stage. Yet tirelessly hustled and harried to create that moment in the light for his grateful stable of talent.

From an original story, MIDAS MAN charts the life of a man who often struggled to find his place in the world. Yet who is today universally recognised as the creator of the blueprint for music artist management. The figure with a finger on the very pulse of the Swinging Sixties.

Born into an established Jewish family in Liverpool and gay at a time when homosexuality was illegal, his early life was peppered with expulsions from school, dismissal from the army and failed attempts at acting. Against all odds, Brian Epstein discovered he had a golden talent for forecasting hit records...

His discovery of a promising new combo known as The Beatles, in a dank and dark cellar called The Cavern became a culturally iconic moment. He went on to find and manage a string of acts, from Gerry and the Pacemakers to Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer. He also promoted the legends he didn’t manage. Bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum and Cream all performed (often sharing the same Sunday night bill) at The Saville Theatre, which Brian leased in 1965.

MIDAS MAN will chart Brian’s tumultuous life, through formative years to his unimaginable success as a manager and the ensuing chaos which came with handling the biggest music acts the world had ever heard and seen.

The film spans a period of extraordinary cultural change and convulsion. From desolate streets of wartime Liverpool to the psychedelic haze of Abbey Road.

This is the true story of one of the world’s most significant outsiders. The man The Beatles called ‘One of us.’ Our Eppy.

ON THURSDAY

9TH NOVEMBER

1961

A MAN NAMED

BRIAN

DESCENDED

THE STAIRS

TO A CELLAR

IN LIVERPOOL

AND CHANGED

THE WORLD

FOREVER.

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LATEST NEWS

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1st October 2021

CAST
ANNOUNCEMENT

We are excited to reveal that Charley Palmer Rothwell and Jordan Kelly will be joining the cast of MIDAS MAN portraying legendary producer George Martin and The Pacemakers’ Gerry Marsden respectively. Charley’s previous roles in LEGEND, JACK RYAN and DUNKIRK will no doubt inform the gravitas and creativity of the infamous producer. While Jordan’s skill as a performer – on stage and on guitar – will help make Gerry shine on screen once more.

 

Read more here

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TEAM

MIDAS MAN has brought together a unique collection of talent and experience in filmmaking, storytelling and communications which will produce and market the film.

JONAS ÅKERLUND

BRIGIT GRANT

JONATHAN WAKEHAM

KEVIN PROCTOR

Director

Writer

Writer

Producer

PERRY TREVERS

TREVOR BEATTIE

Producer

Producer

JEREMY CHATTERTON

MARK BORKOWSKI

Producer

Executive Producer

DAN HUBBARD

CDG – Casting Director

NICOLA PEARCEY

PETER DUNNE

Executive Producer

Executive Producer

BRIAN EPSTEIN

Our Inspiration

 

CAST

JACOB FORTUNE-LLOYD

Brian Epstein

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd has signed and is confirmed to be our Eppy and we are thrilled to have him.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd dazzled international audiences with his portrayal of chess prodigy-turned-journalist, Townes, starring alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in Netflix’s worldwide hit series THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT. The rising British actor also starred in the BBC’s storied adaptation of WOLF HALL and Capri Award-winning historical drama series MEDICI. His film credits include STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER and Agatha Christie adaptation CROOKED HOUSE alongside Gillian Anderson and Glenn Close. Fortune-Lloyd has also performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Oxford educated actor trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

EDDIE MARSAN

Harry Epstein

We are delighted to announce that Eddie Marsan will star as Harry Epstein, Brian’s father, in our forthcoming biopic MIDAS MAN. The award-winning actor best known for his character roles in both film and TV has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of today. With a career spanning 20 years, Eddie has most recently been entertaining audiences in his roles in GENTLEMEN, VICE and MOWGLI. We’re excited to see Eddie bring Harry’s brusque Northern charm to screen.

EMILY WATSON

Queenie

We are excited to reveal that Emily Watson will start as Malka “Queenie” Epstein, Brian’s mother, in our forthcoming biopic MIDAS MAN. Emily’s award winning performances in such films as Breaking The Waves, Appropriate Adults and recent role in the hugely successful HBO/Sky mini-series CHERNOBYL, have established Emily as one of the industry’s most acclaimed stage and screen actresses. We’re excited to see Emily bring Queenie’s strong and strident personality to screen.

OMARI DOUGLAS

Lonnie Trimble

We are thrilled to announce that Omari Douglas will star as Lonnie Trimble, Brian’s confidant and friend, in our forthcoming biopic MIDAS MAN. Celebrated for his work on stage, Omari is currently co-starring in CONSTELLATIONS at London’s Vaudeville Theatre following his on screen debut in the critically acclaimed IT’S A SIN earlier this year. We’re excited to see this rising star shine as Lonnie, Brian’s protector and sharp-witted right hand man.

CHARLIE PALMER ROTHWELL

George Martin

Charley is an English film and television actor with a wide range of credentials. He recently wrapped Season 4 of JACK RYAN for Amazon and a secret project which we worked on, directed by Carl Rinsch (47 RONIN), is currently in post-production. Most recently, he can be seen in Rene Pannevis' LOOTED starring alongside Thomas Turgoose, Michael Pearce’s BEAST and Joe Wright’s DARKEST HOUR which both premiered at TIFF 2017. He starred in Chris Nolan’s DUNKIRK and appeared opposite Maisie Williams in Netflix’s film iBOY at the end of 2016. He can additionally be seen in MY NAME IS LENNY opposite Michael Gambon and in FORTITUDE for Amazon. Charley is best known for his role of ‘Leslie Holt’ in LEGEND alongside Tom Hardy and Taron Egerton, his riveting guest performance in RIPPER STREET as ‘Redskin Jake’, as well as starring in the feature film THE GUVNORS with Furwell Productions and Gabe Turner directing. He also co-starred alongside Thomas Turgoose in the Berlin Film Festival critically acclaimed short film, JACKED.

JORDAN KELLY

Gerry Marsden

Jordan Kelly is an up and coming actor from the Wirral trained at the University of Central Lancashire and graduated last year. His passion for music was ignited at a young age and developed further when he taught himself to play the guitar. Growing up so close to the home of the iconic merseybeat sound has undoubtedly inspired his sound.

PRODUCTION

 
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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.

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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.

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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.

SALES AND MARKETING

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.

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Investment: angela@studio-pow.com - Tel: 020 3657 5380

Production: yes@studio-pow.com - Tel: 020 734 4544

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