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One of Britain's most influential and acclaimed rock music film directors is to make a rare personal appearance in an exclusive event at this year's Harrogate Film Festival.

Now aged 77, groundbreaking filmmaker Palmer will be talking about working with 60s and 70s music legends in their heyday including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream, Frank Zappa, Pete Townsend, Donovan and many more.

Taking place on Thursday, March 12, it will also feature a special screening of rarely-seen footage of The Beatles shot at the height of the 1960s by Tony Palmer.

The Rock goes to the Movies event at Harrogate's RedHouse Originals art gallery, is presented by Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser in conjunction with Harrogate Film Society.

The London-born film maker and cultural critic has enjoyed an incredible career, making more than a 100 films in total, ranging from early works with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher (Irish Tour '74) and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to his classical portraits which include profiles of Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, John Osborne, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Wagner, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams and more.

Among over 40 international prizes Tony Palmer has won over the last half century are 12 gold medals from the New York Film Festival, as well as numerous BAFTAs and Emmy Awards.

Palmer was also famously responsible for the incredible live film - Cream Farewell Concert - shot at the supergroup's last-ever show at the Royal Albert Hall, a memorble night with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

When All You Need Is Love, Tony Palmer's landmark, prime time, 17-part TV series documenting popular music in the 20th century was originally broadcast in 1977, it was widely hailed as "the best and most important television survey of popular music ever."

As well as a Q&A the event will feature a rare screening of Palmer's brilliant film about The Beatles which featured in All You Need Is Love and which boasted a script by much-loved Beatles insider, Derek Taylor.


RedHouse Originals Gallery
15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW