June 28, 2011

Brian Epstein Bio Shows Beatle Manager’s Human Side (Pt. 2 just posted)

So why do a movie on Brian Epstein?

“He has been a great source of inspiration to me in my career,” Tiwary says. “I describe him as being a historical mentor, which basically means somebody I never had a chance to meet, obviously, but someone whose life I look to to learn from, both what to do and what not to do. I view him as a hero, but a flawed hero. So I’m not just blindly in love with Brian. I think he did a lot of things wrong.

“But I say that because to think of Brian Epstein as being a historical mentor and having been a Beatle fan since I was a child and to have shared the Beatles with my parents who were huge Beatles fans … when you factor those things in, what I’m pursuing is a passion project.”

He says the interest was rooted in his upbringing and early life.

“I grew up here in New York City and  my parents were very passioniate about the performing arts. So I grew up exposed to opera, ballet, theater, music, film, visual arts. My parents were huge Beatle fans. I remember my parents listening to three things: They listened to the Who, the Beatles and classical. Those are the things we listened to in the house. And so I grew up since a little kid with a big love of the Beatles.

“So I went to business school. I was at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. While I was there I was also working part time for Sony Music. And I was dreaming about wanting to start my own company and knowing that I wanted to work not just in music, but in theater, film, television etc. But I thought if I’m going to be an entertainment industry entrepreneur, I’m going to start with managing bands. And I thought that Brian and the Beatles were the team that wrote and rewote the rules of the pop music business.”

But there was another reason.

“It was really the human side of his story that struck a chord for me.” As Epstein was both Jewish and gay, Tiwary says, he faced a lot of obstacles in his life.

“And that’s when I began to develop my deep love of Brian Epstein. This was long before I was producing theater, thinking of screenplays. I was just a student at business school. If you were to ask me when did my research begin for this project, it’d be almost 20 years ago, 15-20 years ago.”

He says his script will have a different focus than “The Hours and Times,” the 1991 film directed by Christopher Munch that was the fictionalized highly sexual story of what might have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein traveled to Spain together in 1963.

“I want to say that I don’t subcribe to their version of what happened, but I do give them kudos for having a vision. But that’s not my take on it at all,” he says. “My film is not about just that one weekend. My film is about Brian.

“It’s not a cradle-to-grave story. It focuses on the time he spent with the Beatles, although it gives you through dream sequences and exposition and flashbacks, we do get insight into his childhood to learn a little bit about what makes him tick. But it primarily focuses on the years from 1960 to 1967 when he died,” he says.

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