Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road film

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by Stephen Chapman

Mary McCartney is to direct the first feature-length documentary about Abbey Road Studios.

The studio, made famous by her Beatle father celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

“Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road,” said the photographer and filmmaker.

“I’ve long wanted to tell the story of this historic place and I couldn’t be collaborating with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality.”

If These Walls Could Sing is produced by John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars) for Mercury Studios - Universal Music Group’s content studio. It comes following a new development deal between Mercury and Battsek’s Ventureland.

The documentary will be executive produced by Universal Music UK’s Marc Robinson and Mercury Studios CEO, Alice Webb, who was previously COO of BBC North.

“Mercury Studios could not be partnering with a more visionary and passionate team than Mary McCartney and John Battsek to tell Abbey Road Studios’ incredible story on film for the first time,” added Webb.

“We are passionate about showcasing work of pioneering film makers of the highest quality – which is why we are delighted Mary is bringing her creative vision to this project.”