Following the news of Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary, The New York Times reports that another member of the Fab Four will be hitting cable television this fall. A month prior to Harrison’s film, in fact. This September, Paul McCartney arrives on Showtime, but not to discuss his time with the Beatles or his career. Instead, it’s an anecdote about his experience in New York following the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.
True story: At the time of the incident, the former Beatles songwriter/bassist was on a plane, which grounded following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The new film, called The Love We Make and directed by Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter), deals with this story as well as McCartney’s subsequent Concert for New York City.
It won’t be a concert film, though The Love We Make will include footage of Macca’s rehearsals for the concert, as well as several cameos. Appearing in backstage clips will be the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the 42nd President, Bill Clinton, among others. The film, all in black and white, will also show McCartney’s man-on-the-street interactions with New Yorkers.
“There was so much suffering as a result of 9/11 it’s hard to imagine how one might bring relief to those who were impacted by the attacks, and honor those firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives in their heroic attempt to help others,” said Maysles. “But Paul had the answer: music and a film that would tell the full story.”
It might be tough to tell the full story of 9/11 via a Showtime special, but we’re keeping our minds open. We’ll see, when The Love We Make broadcasts Saturday, September 10th, one day before the 10th anniversary.