Geoff Wonfor, who directed the Beatles’ Grammy-winning Anthology documentary, died on the age of 73 on Nov. 22, his daughter confirmed.
He spent 5 years engaged on the eight-part collection, which was first broadcast in 1995 and featured the previously-unfinished John Lennon songs “Free As a Fowl” and “Actual Love” as new Beatles tracks. He additionally labored on the U.Ok.’s ‘80s music TV present The Tube, on a number of tasks with Paul McCartney and a documentary about George Harrison’s film Shanghai Shock.
Confirming his passing in his native Newcastle, England, Wonfor’s daughter Sam stated: “He was a one-off – an enormous presence with a coronary heart to match. His heat, humor and encyclopedic capability for remembering jokes of all qualities ensured individuals who met him hardly ever forgot him – and that has been borne out by the wave of great messages and tributes we’ve acquired since his passing. He liked what he did and we’re so very grateful he bought to proceed doing it to the top.”
In 2018 Wonfor informed an viewers on the Newcastle Movie Pageant that he’d “welled up and cried” after McCartney known as to inform him he was needed for the Anthology venture. “I used to be at my dad’s and it was Paul McCartney who rang up, and he says, ‘Howdy there, you alright? … I used to be speaking to a mate of yours final night time.’ I went, ‘Who the hell does he know that I do know?’ He says, ‘A bit man known as George Harrison. I didn’t know you’d labored with him – however then once more, he didn’t know you have been working with me!’”
He stated the pair had “talked lengthy into the night time” earlier than McCartney informed him: “We need to do some work with the historical past of the Beatles, and also you’re that man.” Wonfor thought he was being requested to choose one yr out of the band’s previous. “What ought to I do, ’63 or ’64?” he requested. McCartney replied: “Don’t be a twat – you’re doing all of it!”
“It’s at all times a pleasure to look again on my time doing the Anthology and I’m at all times glad to share some tales from the 5 years we spent making it in London,” Wonfor stated in 2014. “Working with the Beatles was a dream come true for me. I queued for days to get a ticket to see them at Newcastle Metropolis Corridor within the ’60s and I don’t assume I’ll ever recover from getting [the] name from Paul McCartney.”
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