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Filming underway for Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s ‘Sgt Pepper at 50’ project

Filming has been underway in Liverpool for a new project forming part of the ‘Sgt Pepper at 50’ celebrations.

Screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Hurricane Films are behind the production, inspired by the song ‘A Day in the Life’ on the iconic Beatles album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Legendary Liverpool TV comedian and entertainer Tom O’Connor has been back to his hometown to play former river pilot Arthur in the film, named ‘A Day in the Life (24 Zero Hours)’.

He’s joined by local rising star Paislie Reid, who plays Arthur’s carer and travels on the city’s famous 86 bus – the same route Paul McCartney took to school.

The film is being directed by the former bassist of ‘90s band The Farm, Carl Hunter, and will receive its world premiere at Woolton Picture House on Friday 16 June as the final instalment of Liverpool’s spectacular celebrations to mark Sgt Pepper’s golden jubilee.

Kicking off on 25 May, the series of events across the city will be inspired by each of the Fab Four’s songs on the album.

Speaking about his return to Liverpool for the special project, Tom O’Connor says: “It’s a great feeling to be home again. The town is changing but the people are just as warm and friendly.

“I’m delighted to be back with them again. Particularly the taxi drivers – the source of most of my humour!”

Aspiring filmmakers are also being invited to make their own film about their day on Thursday 1 June – the date of Sgt Pepper’s release in 1967 – and a compilation will be shown at the premiere, which will also feature a special Q&A with Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

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